Woodland Haberdasher 2023 Events

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If you don’t live locally, why not stay over in a Wakelyns Ley Alley Pod?

Booking links for each event at the bottom of the page

Teaspoon Club –  Saturday 29th April

A friendly and relaxed spoon carving session, whether you’re a complete beginner, wanting to improve your skills or simply come and carve with some fire and company (and lots of tea!). Learn how to safely use basic hand tools. Use wood from the farm and carve your own masterpiece to take home. Refreshments and all materials provided but please feel free to bring your own tools or something to share if you would like.
£25 per person

Wild Skills – Cooking with Nettles, Saturday 1st April

Explore the wonderful world of stinging nettles. From gathering and preparing to cooking and storing; get confidant about using them in everyday recipes.
On the day we’ll make nettle pesto and cordial which you can take away as well as using YQ flour and farm fruit to make nettle cakes. A light lunch included (nettle and venison meatballs anyone?) but please feel free to bring extra food and snacks for yourself or to share. All materials included. Wear long sleeves and bring your own gloves.

£30 per person

Wild Skills – Love Lime : Bast & Carving , Saturday 13th May

Learn all about this remarkable material which has been used since antiquity for making cordage. Get hands on with stripping the bark from pollarded small leaved lime grown at the farm, some of which will be yours to take away to ret at home. We’ll talk through the retting process and then use some of last year’s fibre to make your own lengths of cordage. We will also have a go at dyeing some of the lime bast with other tree dyes to have a variety of colours and have the chance to make a small wooden carving with the left over wood.
All materials included. Please bring a packed lunch and your own knife/carving tool if you wish.

£35 per person

Rag Rug Making

Sunday 26th March

Rag rugs are a great way to use up old Rag rugs are a great way to use up old textiles into something beautiful and useful for your home. Come and enjoy a relaxed and cozy day on the farm making traditional ‘proddy’ style rag rugs (strips of fabric poked and knotted through a base fabric, in our case hessian).There will be plenty of good company, tea and biscuits as well as a two course homemade lunch from the wonderful Wakelyns Bakery. We will have lots of material for you to use and to take away with you so you can finish your rug at home but please feel free to bring any fabric or rags that you want to include in your rug. Rag rugs eat up a suprising amount, so don’t worry about bringing too much! Cotton jersey and wool work best, try to stay away from items that shed or unravel easily like polyester scarves. If you’re unsure, bring it anyway and we’ll have a look on the day. All materials, 2 course farm bakery lunch and refreshments included.

£75 per person

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