Arts & Crafts Village Workshop
Various workshops are held at Arts & Crafts Village, from beginners and advanced woodworking / dyeing workshops, to different workshops related to permaculture and agricultural life.
Here, we introduce the contents of each workshop.
Please check the application page for current workshops.
Dyeing (about 3 hours ~)
The facilities for dyeing and weaving are very extensive.
Here, we can work through all the yarn spinning, dyeing and weaving processes.
You can enjoy and experience all the different handicrafts related to dyeing and weaving.
Weaving by Hand
From yarn warping to weaving, you can choose your favourite yarn and enjoy weaving at your own pace.
If you don’t have a lot of time, you can use a weaving machine already set up with the warp by us and weave only the weft.
The finished fabric can be decorated as a tapestry or made into a scarf or other clothing.
Using a weaving loom or a wooden frame, we tie strings of wool or finely torn fabric with a tight warp to create a cushion. This is the same method as making a kelim.
We also sell a knotting kit with a manual so that you can easily enjoy knotting at home.
In this workshop you can experience various Japanese natural dyeing techniques.
The dyeing workshop uses the facilities of the old school kitchen.
It is a moving experience to see the natural colours of the seasons dye the fabric beautifully.
Using natural ingredients, boiled and dyed, we can dye various materials such as raw wool, yarn and cloth depending on your preference.
We will teach you the technique of indigo dyeing that can be easily done at any time using Yamato Ai. Traditional techniques such as shibori and itajime are also introduced here.
Bengala is a natural dye that uses iron oxide found in the soil. A variety of colours can be achieved with this dye. It is an eco-dyeing process, is resistant to ultraviolet rays and gentle on the skin; the dyeing process uses only water, there is no need for any mordent.
Woodworking (about 3 hours ~)
You can experience beginners and advanced woodworking in a fully equipped workshop.
Using solid wood from cherry trees and others, you work with your own hands, creating anything from spoons, chairs and tables to bigger works.
Beginners are welcome as you are taught directly by an experienced workshop professional.
Shaving hard wood such as cherry wood is used to make spoons, forks, and cutting boards.
Shaker box production
Create a simple and functional box designed by Shakers. There are several sizes to choose from.
Chair stool production
We can make stools as well as small chairs for children. Some kits are used, but the seat and back are made from scratch by you.
You can have private, one to one tuition to create your own work. The cost of these classes will be determined by the design of the work you want to make, the materials and how long production will take.
It is possible for you to stay at the Arts & Crafts Village while you attend these classes.
This rustic chair is inspired by a chair created in a Spanish country town. It is known as the Van Gogh Chair because it features in one of his famous paintings. We cut green trees growing in the forest without using electric tools and make these chairs by hand.
We offer a variety of workshops, lecture series and single events related to sustainable living throughout the year.
From left to right, spiral herb garden (permaculture class), how to use a stone kiln, farming radish (natural farm field class), Christmas wreath making.
We sometimes offer the workshops about the life style such as natural farming, Satoyama, permaculture or even how to use rocket mass heater.
You can see the current available workshops on the application page.
If you have any questions, please contact us from the application page.