WOAD 'HANDS ON' WORKSHOP ~ Places are still available to join processing only  in August
Tristan showing how to lift out seedlings
sieving compost on watered seedlings
potting on woad seedlings
woad seedlings
soil structure
April Woad course ~ growing and seed saving
Making woad pigment
reduced Woad Vat
Woad leaves
Woad processing step by step

WOAD 'HANDS ON' WORKSHOP ~ Places are still available to join processing only in August

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The Gardening part has now been covered. There are still a couple of spaces left for August, if you like to join the processing only part.


Woad 'Hands on' workshop - this is promising to be a really nice 2 day course. We are teaming up with Irish Seedsavers Association for this workshop combining a day of learning and planting with another day of harvesting, processing and dyeing.

I have recently been made aware of a fantastic Woad Seed strain, discovered in Tewkesbury on a cliff side by Professor Hill as a child in the 60's. He went to cultivate the plant and it has been passed around ever since. I am so delighted, that I managed to secure some Seeds to grow and save for this year. The Tewksbury strain promises more pigment and up to 5 possible harvests a year - let's put it to the test!

Basic Knowledge of Indigo or Plant dyeing of advantage, but not necessary.


2 day workshop spread over two dates. Two possible groups of 10.

Down Payment option available, workshop payments can be broken down as follows:

Down Payment: 60Euros, 1st day 60Euros, 2nd Day 60Euros.

Day 1: both groups

Venue: Irish Seedsaver's Association 

Date: Saturday 9th of April 2022

Time: 10am - 3pm

Meeting at Irish Seedsavers Association for a talk by Tristan on how to grow Woad from seed, planting, harvesting and the importance of how to save seed correctly, to ensure healthy future crops.

The meeting is followed by planting out young woad plants into the beds and a tour of Seedsaver's Gardens & Orchards.

Lunch Break - Please bring your own lunch cutlery and cup. Coffees, Tea, Milk and Oat milk are provided.

After Lunch we will continue to see the Dye House for a tour and a brief overview on how we will proceed with the harvest and dye extraction.


Day 2 group of 10, 2 separate dates available.

Venue: Irish Seedsaver's Association/ AppleOak FibreWorks Dye House

Date: Saturday 2nd of July; Saturday 27th of August 2022

Time: 10am - 4pm

Meeting at Irish Seedsavers Association for harvesting Woad Crop

Travel to AppleOak Dye House to proceed with Woad leaf processing

We will cover:

  • How to extract and dye with fresh Woad blue
  • How to determine pigment strength
  • How  to extract and dry Woad pigment (theory only)
  • Experimenting with other possible woad uses in natural dyeing

All materials are provided on both days. There is an option of choice of what you can dye: a pair of Wool socks or a silk scarf and you can bring a small item of natural material along too. I will contact you beforehand. 

You will receive all notes and workshop info on the day, as well as recipes by pdf after the workshop.


Covid and other Info:

  • Own transport is necessary
  • Classes are of 10 participants in the Dye house and 20 at Seedsavers (Class will go ahead with a minimum of 6 participants for each group or we will combine the group, should we not get enough participants.)
  • Please do not come, if you are unwell, we can organize a refund.
  • Mask wearing is optional
  • Use of provided sanitizer at arrival optional
  • Please bring your own lunch/cutlery and mug 
  • The shop will be open on both days after the tour & workshop.

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