We created an apiary to keep bees. From our bees we get both honey and wax. Honey is delicious and useful in our cooking and baking, or even medicinal. Wax we can use in a multitude of ways, for example for making candles, treat wood or textiles.
We only extracted about 5% of the honey in our hives this year, as it is the first year for this apiary and we want to increase the probability that our bees survive winter and thrive next year.
Nature’s Little Crafts is Tracey King and Mikael Fernström. We work with range of crafts and materials. Textile (wool, spinning, felting), Ceramics, Wood, Metal. We are inspired by nature and working with nature.
Workshops are held outdoors, in our Fairy Garden.
During Craft Month 2021 (August), we are offering one workshop every Thursday, 3 hours, from 12:00 noon to 15:00 (subject to weather conditions).
We started to work with ceramics too. The joy of making stuff from clay! So far, we’re making earthenware as our kiln works up to 1,100 degr. C Some of the pieces are hybrids, combining ceramics and wool – check out the pin cushions below.
Some pieces are hanging ornaments, while other pieces can be used as fridge magnets.
Wool comes from sheep, goats and possibly some other animals with soft and curly fur. It’s normally sheared (a haircut). The wool is then cleaned and washed, which is quite a lengthy and sometimes smelly process.
When the wool has dried, it’s either used as is, or dyed, preferably using natural dyes, for example, onion skins, elderberries or woad. The list of possible vegetable dyes is almost endless and there is always room for experimentation.
We then card the wool, which means straightening out the fibers to make them usable for spinning or felting.