by Sheila Bates
Welcome to a fibre-olics page of Alchemy and Colour
I have always loved the texture , UNIQUE qualities and warmth of natural fibres , something inherited from my highland roots . I grew up being taught to knit and being surrounded by felted objects from the Middle East, which is where I also happened to have been born . My creative journey with felt began with a spinning wheel, long years ago and evolved with many days of discovery with natural dyes ; standing over multitudinous pots with other knowledgeable members
of my family, waiting for the magic of the alchemy to deliver rainbows of colour. . Leaves, Berries & Flowering Plants , sustainably gathered from the hills , broom , heather, occasionally windblown lichens, OR Plants especially grown in our gardens for colour. Along the way I was smitten with the ancient art of felt making ..... around 18 years ago using traditional wet felt methods .
Dyed wool felting fibre
FELT TEXTILES and occasionally hand spun yarns
Studio Visitors welcome by appointment
Yacht at its Mooring Wester Alligin Commission 2014