Workshops go wild this summer

THIS summer the Moorland Discovery Centre on the Longshaw Estate near Sheffield in the Peak District will host workshops with a creative twist, and budding textiles artists will be inspired by the wild!

The National Trust in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority is running a series of three fantastic workshops inspired by the landscape.

The workshops build on each other, each exploring a different aspect of felting and the art work that can be created through this medium.

The first looks at dye, exploring the possibilities of dyeing a variety of fabrics and threads with wild and locally grown plants from the estate.

The second workshop uses the local wool and other fabrics dyed in the first week to create felt landscapes inspired by the dramatic landscapes of the Dark Peak and the final workshop shows how to embellish the hand made felt to dramatic effect.

Each of the workshops is run by a different course tutor specialising in the different areas Helen Neale (Natural dyer), Carol Wilson (Felt maker) Cass Rawlings (Embroiderer).

This is a relaxed, friendly and informative course giving an introduction to textiles. Each week participants will be developing new skills, and then create their own beautiful art work.

The workshops have been running at the Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw Estate, Derbyshire, S11 7TZ. The next ones will be staged on July, 15 and July 22 from, 10am to 4pm and cost £85 per person.

For more information contact Rachael Kerr on 01433 637907 or email mdc@peakdistrict.gov.uk.