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Wilder Woods

Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership

Hedgerow Basketry, Weaving and Natural Dyes

Hedgerow Basketry held annualy usually in February, with basket maker Lynda Shaw. Participants are shown how to make frame or gypsy baskets.  Plants such as ivy and bramble are collected and left to mellow before the course begins. Material for basket making is supplemented by a supply of golden willow from a disused withy bed in the nearby  locality.

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Natural Dyes: ‘ A Day 2 Dye 4’    held annually usually in September. Plant materials  are sourced from the neighbouring woods and hedgerows and supplemented with some bought  natural dye stuffs and  mordants. We experiment with naturally made mordants and often achieve startling results with household products!

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Peg loom weaving

We offer workshops using this simple weaving method using washed but unspun fleece.  We make seat mats, wall hangings and:

Woolly bugs – a great hit with children and family workshops.

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