Posted by: bschutzgruber | August 9, 2019

AGWSD Summer School – York Part 2

Tapestry to Dye For with Dot Seddon

Day 3
Wed is a 1/2 day in the courses and field trips to York in the afternoon.

We continued with dyeing in the morning = tertiary / complementary colors

Afternoon was a field trip to York with….

–a tour at the Jorvik Viking Centre which included additional information on the textiles and weaving artefacts in their collection – especially a sock made using a technique called Nålebinding, which predates knitting and crochet. I also saw some clay weights for a warp weighted loom like the ones Ben Rosenfield made for me. [see July 2019 blog The Gift of Friendship ]

–and a stroll through the city to see the York Minster, amazing side streets – including ones that were part of the Harry Potter films, and the summer stock of street performers!

Back to the college for an evening talk and walk at the Askham Bryan Wildlife Park.

Finally activity was the silent auction which raises money for the bursary/scholarship fund. A bidding-war ensued over a bag/purse that would go perfectly with the 1920’s golf shoes I found at Alfies Antique Market in London and I won!

Day 4

I played with some other combinations of colors as others continued to dye yarns or started weaving as Dot held short instruction sessions throughout the day.

By the end of the day colorful ‘laundry’ from other classes was beginning to appear!

The evening program was a talk by James Rebank, author of ‘The Shepherd’s Life‘.


  1. An interesting read, thank you. I hope you have a week booked somewhere fore ‘recovery’.

    • Yes I wil be taking a few days off to just do nothing and let my brain rest!!

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