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Spinning wheel vs drop spindle workshop

Come join a workshop with regular speaker Val Thomas (Norwich Pagan Moot and Herbalist).

Val will show you the art of spinning, its origins and guide you through making something to take home.

Spinning has been around for centuries, either by wheel or drop spindle as way of spinning thread or yarn from natural fibres. Spinning wheels were first used in India between 500 and 1000CE. Whereas a Spindle is a straight spike that twists fibres such as wool, flax, hemp or cotton into yarn.

Witch and Stitch

This year Harvest Moon are raising awareness of the work Leeway do. Leeway is a women’s refuge charity supporting those fleeing domestic abuse. To that end we one of our workshops during the day will be helping to make a blanket to donate to one of their refuges.  Chris Collins will be facilitating a workshop for you to come along and knit, crochet or stitch a square that will be part of the blanket.

If you want to make any in advance of the event we are looking for squares measuring 15cm square (6 inches square)

This workshop will be a great opportunity to come, knit and have a natter!

Poppets workshop

Want to know more about Poppets, or a moppet, poppit or pippy? These are a type of doll made to represent a person for casting spells or aiding through magic. Occasionally lodged in chimneys, these dolls may be fashioned from materials such as root, grain or corn shafts, paper, clay or cloth stuffed with herbs.

They got their name from a much older spelling of ‘puppet’ in middle English which meant in those times a small child or doll. As language evolved it has kept its meaning as a doll. Poppet is chiefly a term of endearment (which I’m pleased to hear because growing up in Devon it was a frequently used term so now I know they weren’t calling me names!) used towards girls similar to the terms sweetie or dear.

Val Thomas, leading herbalist and local wisewoman, will lead a workshop to help you create your very own Poppet doll.

Dorset Button Making workshop

A Dorset Button is a style of craft button originating in Dorset characteristically made by repeatedly binding yarn over a disc or ring former. There are three main forms such as Wheel, High tops and Singletons.

Join Cat Ward to learn how to make your own buttons in our workshop running during the event.

Wheels are the most characteristic form of Dorset Button, also known as Blandford Cartwheel, Crosswheels, Basket Weave, Birds eye and Mites; made from variations of the same processes of casting, slicking, laying and rounding.

High tops are patterns that are taller as they are wide, the first type to be made, being made on a rams horn base. They are covered in fabric then embroidered for decoration.

Singletons are made on a similar ring to wheels but are padded with a disc of woven fabric that is then embroidered.  The name comes from the family who came up with their design.

Four Thieves and Vinegar workshop

Come join a workshop connected to four dastardly thieves, the black plague and vinegar all facilitated by Cat Ward.

Legend tells that as the black plague spread through communities a band of four buglers dowsed their clothing in a type of vinegar. Creeping into homes of the dead of dying and robbing them, they never caught the wretched plague. Many believed their escape from the pandemic was because they had soaked their clothes in vinegar and herbs.  

This legend attributes to different historic plagues across Europe so who knows how accurate it really is, but the point is that vinegar remedies have been used for centuries. Cat will be helping you understand the different herbs used alongside vinegar so you can make your own to take home.

Candle Magic workshop

Fancy learning to make spell candles? Already make them but running low on stock?  Then come join Sam Wolf at her workshop where she will take you through making spell candles.

You will learn the process of making spell candles, what to use, how to anoint them, inscribe them and correspondence magic.  By the end you will have a lovely, personalised candle to take home and use in your spell work.

Mistletoe man making runes workshop

Come join famous Mistletoe Man, Rod Chapman who will help you make your very own runes.

Rod has studied mistletoe for many years and though his heathen pathwork has formed many rune sets and wands.  At this workshop you will learn the history of mistletoe, its properties, where to find it and how to use it safely.  Rod will have his workbenches and tools with him so you can chose your preferred wood and cut a set of runes for yourself.

This is a lovely practical, hands on experience (I got a bit excited using the dremel when he gave this workshop at our moot earlier this year) not to be missed!

Head-dress making workshop

Beautiful headdresses are wonderful to wear on special occasions and ceremonies.  To help you make your own personalised headdress, Antonella from the Norfolk Goddess Temple will host a workshop.

Whether you have a ceremony or special occasion already planned and need that accessory or wish to make one as a gift for a loved one, this will be a lovely workshop to attend.

Headdress has been an important factor for centuries in different cultures. Native American tribes, Hindu weddings, ritual leaders and more all have used headdress as a way of honouring the gods/goddesses. They can provide protection, modesty, expression, and identification when you think of the military such as their caps, feather bonnets and bear covers.

Touch the Earth with Emma Maxey Incense making workshop

Emma Maxey from Touch the Earth will host a lovely workshop giving you the opportunity to create your own incense.  Learn about the art of collecting incense bases and adding specific herbs to make a certain incense for spell work.

Used in meditation, therapy and ceremony it is composed of aromatic plants and often combined with essential oils. Loose incense believed to be more effective and eco-friendly than mass produced joss sticks. It is a lovely way to connect to your surroundings, to forage locally and to bring the outside inside.