Open Studios 10-11 July, 10am-5pm
Veronica Collins & Rachel Collins
Weaving, Plant dyes, fleece preparation and spinning, Textiles, growing dye plants40
About the Artist
Woven tapestry and fairisle knitted textiles, designed and made using our own fleece and plant dyes.
At Balgownie Smithy we will showcase the complete process of making woolen textiles from lamb and sheep to the finished article. Our work can be purely decorative, as with the woven tapestries (made by Veronica) or decorative and practical as with Rachel's designs for Fair Isle knitted textiles.
We never imagined we would have our own sheep but our interest in natural materials has lead us down the route of producing as much as possible for ourselves. This process includes the dyeing of our home produced fleece with natural plant dyes. The range and intensity of the colours produced is amazing, and we are in the early stages of developing our own Culross yarn, sold as individual balls or as all inclusive knitting kits, and finished products.
We aim to show the visitor samples of cleaned fleece, the carding process, spinning by wheel, and tapestry weaving on the loom. Selected dye plants and some of the dyeing process will also be displayed.