Here's the sample panel that we started at Springwatch last year (see below). All of the colours were hand-dyed using a variety of natural colours. The dark greens were modified in a copper solution and the sky blue was woad..
Here we are last June, laying out our soft fleece in the barn at Stanmer, as Bill tied the first of our yurt trellis poles and the Stanmer Handbell Team serenaded us and the members of the Buxted Spinning Group who were sharing the space.
This month we travelled to Diamond Fibres to gather up our washed fleece as it emerged from the carding machine. It was delightful work, like squishing clouds into cardboard boxes.
Separating each layer with newsprint paper, we filled up a box and covered it with a piece of wood and a couple of heavy (very) weights. Thank you, Roger.
The following week we went back to finish off the white (we still have a box of brown to process). We achieved 29 rectangular pieces of loosely-combined fleece ready for felting, but until we've tested the shrinkage we won't know how much more we need to do
Based on the Medina yurt (above) we want to be able to make up packs for volunteers of a half-felted base layer and a selection of colours for the top decorative layer.
Do get in touch if you would like your group to be involved.