Land Felt was a project which focused on dying local fleece using extracts found in plants growing in the South Dorset Ridgeway area.
The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty were awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to encourage more people to engage in and increase their knowledge of the South Dorset Ridgeway - an area of 14 square miles, stretching from Osmington in the East to West Bexington in the west. With over 500 archaeological monuments that provide evidence for human history for more than 6,000 years, this is an area rich in cultural history.
Land Felt was a project which focused on dying local fleece using extracts found in plants growing in the Ridgeway area. Two community groups met regularly during the autumn at village halls in Upwey and Martinstown, and further groups ran via Age UK in Dorchester and at Winterbourne Valley First School. Participants from all four groups learnt how to felt and, using the coloured hand-made felt, each group created a piece inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway which formed a touring exhibition reflecting the cultural heritage and stories from the area.
Toured to: Upwey, West Stafford and Abbotsbury between the 15 March – 13 April
Have a go Sessions included: Wet and needle felting and Dorset Button Making