Our recent project with @screensouth which we called The Owlers, involved a great deal of planning and preparation.

Successful team work paid off and an animation of our needle felted owls, coil wool nests was produced with the help of a technical team

It was a strange combination, high tech cameras and computers in the medieval surroundings of All Saints church.

While we were filming a local historian brought a group in to show them the wall in the church that has recently been identified as Anglo-Romano and dates back to the 5th century. It is thought to have been part of a Roman basilica……amazing!

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High tech or low tech that is the question…

Excited to announce our new website we welcome feedback. We are also delighted to announce the winner of our search for a Marsh Active Rural Community Hub design in partnership with @UCACanterbury

Congratulations to Kale Bailey

His design became known as the ‘inside out’ greenhouse. We are now looking to gain planning permission and funding to build this amazing design as a temporary #community #hub

New website

So nice to be invited to help maintain this withy bed. Luckily, I remembered to take my scythe. The amount of growth since March was astounding. Both willow and weeds had really responded to the pruning and weeding we had done previously. I discovered that different varieties of willow grow at different rates, so we made sure the less hardy variety were well tended. Looking forward to seeing results when we go to crop in December.

Lovely sunlight on the willow as I work in the shade, the heat is drying out the material so fast….really having to work quickly!

Our group enjoyed making some bird feeders from the leftover willow from the school’s workshops

These are being donated to the church sale

Hambrook #marshes #Canterbury #withybeds

these are the results from mordanting and then saturating in water and pomegranates. As you can see the colour is a rich gold. We want to use this for wool spinning and wool coiling…results to follow

another batch , trying out nettles as a dye, it smells delicious but colour is pale. Evidently, to get green you need mountains of nettles. I added in a few onion skins and realised what a great dye source brown onions really are…

our group is continuing to meet in the church in Lydd. We are so lucky to be surrounded by so much amazing and inspirational art. It reminds us to think about people in the past , using the same processes we are now also enjoying and exploring.

Summer is here…wool ideas are gathering and we are beginning to glean other resources

it was a lovely opportunity to have a class of 34 primary schoolchildren finding out about willow. We talked about how people in the past might have used willow fish…as a toy for children to play with, as a good luck for fisherman in the town, as a decoration

we also used some new words to describe the plant in relation to #RomneyMarsh #abundant #successful #fastgrowing #hedgerow

These were the final results – thanks go to everyone involved in organising the session at #Lydd #school

Child’s play, willow fish

This week I’ve been busy building my skills bas by exploring the many qualities of materials that we have available in the UK

My first attempt at weaving rush, prepared and provided by the expert tutor christianegunzibasketry.com , we met on the allotment and experienced scorching weather. Both the materials and makers had to be mist sprayed for best results….

Two different methods produced tip top results and has inspired me to think how, where and when it might be possible to find a supplier or grow this stuff locally. It’s so lovely to work with….

Rush and it’s many qualities

We have been successful with our funding bid to produce an audio trail for #RomneyMarsh BIG THANK YOU!

We will be bringing updates via our blog and website very soon….

We are hoping that you will show your support by providing us with feedback on our previous events and activities

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Exciting news from @HLFsoutheast

We are developing ideas for our workshop and students are beginning to create their own designs

Melanie has shared her needle felting technique using pastry cutters, she has come up with a whole range of objects and animals which she plans to turn into a mobile for her granddaughter

She has also used the technique to add motifs to her wool vessel that she made during our wet felt session last week

These ideas have inspired us to start planning to collect and forage for berries and material to use as natural dyes.

What we have in mind: onion skins, pomegranates. We are also preparing for the elderberry season…..

We talked about natural methods for keeping moths away from our wool supplies, apparently rue is a good insect repellant & a pretty herb to grow, that we need to be chatting to sheep farmers for any fleeces that might be spare, keeping an eye on hedges for wool supplies and weaving materials

Washing the fleece, it is a reasonably quick process as the dirt comes away in the first soaking. A milky tea liquid is the result of one dipping, then hanging to dry in 2stages. The timing for this is really badly judged as we seem to have gone into a rainy season whereas last week this could have dried in one day…

Ah well, back to the dyeing process to speed things up……this fleece will be mordanted and then dyed with pomegranates over the weekend….results to follow

Our group meets once a week at Lydd church, we like to reflect on our ancestors as we are surrounded by evidence of times gone by….I like this about churchyards and this week I stumbled upon a memorial I hadn’t noticed before….

These are stones that are typical of marsh churchyards , good to reflect on how hard life is and was….and important to take time out to think of those who hAve suffered loss recently

Wool to dye for….

This week we had the exciting opportunity to work with 32 primary school children in #Lydd

We arrived with a bundle of soaked willow, a plant version and some examples of what we were planning to make….

As you can see some children really explored the concept and ended up making house, angel and sword shapes…

Great day which ended with a trip to #Dungeness to see the newly flowering #seakale…..

Willow stars and year 5

Another great day sharing skills and exploring ideas….

Learning how to make 3 ply, what is a skein? And how to use a niddy noddy, I kid you not…….A niddynoddy (plural niddy-noddies) is a tool used to make skeins from yarn. It consists of a central bar, with crossbars at each end, offset from each other by 90°. … Wood is traditional, and most quality niddy-noddies are still made of wood

This is a traditional niddy noddy and here we all are working away in the ‘cathedral’ of the marsh………

It has been a beautiful day with glorious views of Lydd and Dungeness…

Here are a few favourites….

Spinning and spinning and spinning around….