Past Woolcraft Workshops

Woolcraft Workshop: Natural Dyeing

with Julia Billings – Woollenflower

at Tarndie, 37 Roseneath Road, Warncoort.

Sunday 6 September

9:30am – 4pm


Tarndie yarn and silk dyed with pokeroot

Tarndie yarn and silk dyed with pokeroot

Throughout history, people have dyed their textiles using common, locally available materials. It remains a living craft in many traditional cultures of North America, Africa, Asia, and the Scottish Highlands

Learn how to find and use colour in the plants around you to create another dimension to your woolcraft skills.

Tutor Julia Billings (lives in Glasgow, Scotland – from Melbourne) will begin by leading a walk around the Tarndie gardens and paddocks identifying plants and colour yield.

Julia Billings - Woollenflower

Julia Billings – Woollenflower

Jules will demonstrate the process of selecting plants, preparing materials and dyeing a range of fibres, including our Polwarth wool, which Jules loves to use.

Jules is a horticulturist and knitter whose love for both led her to explore botanical dyeing a few years ago.  Since then, she’s had a handful of dyepots on the brew at all times and spends most of her time wondering which of the plants around her might yield colour. She currently lives in Scotland and loves sharing the joys of plant dyes and knitting.

Suitable for all skill levels.

More about Jules:



IG/ Twitter/ Ravelry: woollenflower

School Holiday Fun on the Farm

Learn to Make Felt Balls Workshop

Wednesday 8th April 2015 10am – 12 noon

Give the kids a chance to get creative, while they focus their energies and develop new skills. Don’t hold back – adults are definitely welcome to participate too!

Journey to the farm for a 2 hour workshop (with break for snacks & drinks) at the beautiful Tarndwarncoort Homestead, an historic working sheep farm near Birregurra – 10 minutes from Colac, and 45 minutes from Geelong.


felt balls

Sessions are available to children aged 6 and over however young ones are welcome if accompanied and assisted by a guardian.  Participants will go on a guided tour of the farm to meet the Polwarth sheep, then learn the art of felt balling and enjoy making their very own necklace or keyring.

Cost $20p/p – including tuition, & beautiful hand-dyed or naturally coloured Polwarth wool straight from the farm, plus a half time snack and drink. .

Limited amount of spaces, so book in early!




For more information please contact Megan or Tom on (03) 52 336 241 or  email

** Children require a guardian to stay on site for the duration of the workshop.  The Tarndie Café will be open for your convenience so come along and relax in the tranquil courtyard setting and enjoy some quiet time over a coffee and scones. 


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