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There will be plenty of drop-in activities during our residency, including a special 'drop-spin' challenge with a leaderboard to beat - winner gets a special prize. There will also be opportunities for community groups and children's holiday clubs of between 6 to 12 people to do special workshops, please get in touch if you're interested.


The workshops are on Thursday 4th August, Wednesday 10th August and Wednesday 17th August. These need to be booked in advance through Sprout with a payment of £10 each, the morning 'family' workshops costs £10 per family group. Materials and equipment kits are payable on the day.

Calendar - follow the Furzedown Fleece

Wednesday 17th August

Advanced spinning

Morning workshop for adults: apx 2 hours; £10

This workshop is led by Penny Walsh who has great experience of all aspects of hand-spinning as well as natural dyeing (not covered on this course, unfortunately). You will learn about simple plying, chain playing, multi-plying, combing singles into a finished yarn, S and Z twists, and the effect of plying on twist, differences between woollen and worsted yarns, a bit about spinning the different fibres, animal and vegetal and demos on how to make fancy yarns and the chance to have a go yourself.

You will be provided with sufficient materials to complete this course. Please feel free to bring along your own singles that you have already spun, for plying. Samples of hand-spun and natural dyed wool are available in the Sprout Arts shop for you to purchase.


Knitting for children

Afternoon workshop for families: apx 1.5 hours; £10

This Children's Introduction to Knitting Workshop is for families ( 1 adult + up to 2 children aged 6 years and over) and run by Geraldine Kelly. The workshop is open to complete beginners and to those with some knowledge already. At the end of this workshop you will have learned how to hold your needles for knitting, how to make plain and purl knitting stitches, You will have your own piece of knitting to take home with you. Don't forget to have a go with the drop spinning challenge.

We will provide a selection of coloured yarns to practice your knitting. There will also be samples of hand-spun and natural dyed yarns for sale in the Sprout shop.

Knitting for children with Geraldine, for children and families. A family group of 3 (which must include 1 adult and up to 2 children between 6 and 16) costs £10. Sorry we cannot accommodate unaccompanied children during this workshop.


Book today

Numbers are restricted so you must book in advance, if you have any questions or have a problem with booking on Eventbrite please email

£10 for families with children between 6 and 15 years (up to 3 persons) 

£10 per adult for workshops (adults over 15 years)

Materials and equipment kits payable on the day