Sashiko Mending, Patching and Darning with Eilidh Weir
Oct
7
10:00am10:00am

Sashiko Mending, Patching and Darning with Eilidh Weir

The first of our guest tutors will be the amazing seamstress and owner of All That Is Braw, Eilidh Weir. 

You will learn to mend both knit and woven clothes using a variety of hand sewing, patching and darning techniques. Taking inspiration from the Japanese art form of Sashiko, using simple stitches to mend, reinforce and strengthen fabric in a beautiful, decorative way. Making the repair become a feature and treasured part of the garment's history. Taking the time to care for and extend the life of clothing helps to fight against the flow of fast fashion and show respect for garment industry workers.

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Intro to Fermentation
Oct
28
10:00am10:00am

Intro to Fermentation

Fermented foods are all the rage and their health benefits have been spouted here, there and everywhere.  While fermentation has been said to help digestion, fermented foods simply taste great!!

This full day, hands on course will cover:

  • The basic principles of fermentation and working with bacterias and wild yeasts
  • How to make kimchi and sauerkraut from scratch
  • Learn to lacto-ferment other veg, such as kosher pickles, carrots and beans.
  • An intro to fermented drinks such as water kefir, ginger beer and kombucha
  • An intro to sourdough bread

You will get to take home any of the food we make in the class as well as starters for sourdough, water kefir grains and a baby kombucha to get you fermenting away at home!!

Materials: please bring your favourite kitchen knife and a cutting board. All other materials provided. 

Come spend the day with us learning new skills and while you are here, enjoy our local, home cooked food for lunch, farmstead cheeses, and meet the animals.

ACCOMMODATION:

Travelling from far?  Gartur Farm is located on the historic Cardross Estate with a range of self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation.  Contact Nicola on 01877 385223 or enquiries@cardrossestate.com for more information. Lochend Chalets and The Lake of Menteith Hotel are also nearby. 

We also offer an Air BnB in the house itself, which can be booked here

LOCATION:

Located just off the A811 near Arnprior, we are just 14 miles from Stirling and Milngavie.

Public Transport: Collection can be arranged from Stirling Rail Station. 

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Foraging for Colour - Wild Dyestuff Identification and Intro Natural Dyeing
Sep
16
9:30am 9:30am

Foraging for Colour - Wild Dyestuff Identification and Intro Natural Dyeing

Before the mid-1800s the only colour available to dyers were those found in the natural world. If you know where to look a world of colour is available on your doorstep. 

This one-day course will be led in conjunction with local ranger, Callum McNeill-Richie. The morning will focus on identifying and collecting whole dyestuffs in forests around the studio.  After a homecooked lunch, we will then look at processing the dye materials, preparing materials for dying and completing a sample project. 

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