In the Woolshed artist Emma Price shared her natural hand dyeing tips with BBC Coventry and Warwickshire presenter Vic Minett this week when the reporter paid a visit to East Chase Farm.
Emma took Vic into the dye studio to explain the process of using natural ingredients to create a rainbow of colours on the various different yarn types used In the Woolshed, explaining that one of the beauties of hand dyeing is that no two batches – and sometimes even skeins – are identical.
She went through the wide range of qualities enjoyed by yarns from different breeds of sheep – from the firmness of the Lleyns which live on East Chase Farm – which is great for fisherman’s jumpers, rugs and homeware textiles to the deliciously soft Blue Faced Leicester used for socks and soft fluffy mohair. She added that the way of life In the Woolshed was infinitely preferable to her previous incarnation as a London....listen to the two slots on BBC CWR here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02f1684. The first starts at 2 hr 20 mins in, and the second at 2 hrs 42 mins and 19 seconds (or thereabouts!)