If you’d like to find out how we coloured our clothes before chemical dyes came along, a workshop run by Acton Scott Working Farm will definitely appeal. In Late Summer Dyes from the Countryside, you’ll take a basket and wander through meadows, then investigate hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional seasonal dye material. Berries and barks, roots fruits and flowers all provide wonderful natural ingredients, and participants will prepare dye baths of glowing natural colours and dip and dye wool samples to take home. The historic use of dye plants and fibres will be explored through the museum’s social history collection.
The workshop, run by Janet Bradley, is on Sunday 19 August and costs £65 per person – please bring an apron and rubber gloves. Visit actonscottmuseum.com or call 01694 781307 to book a place.