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Natural Dyeing for Knitters and Weavers

Taught by Nichola Prested

This workshop is aimed at those who use yarn in their work such as knitting and weaving.

Join us in this full day workshop where we will learn how dye fibres using a variety of local and everyday seasonal plants. You will learn how to prepare and mordant your fibres, the various ways of extracting colour from plants, safety and more. 

We will be working with a number of plants on the day to create dye pots in which we will add a selection of fibres. We will experiment with after mordanting, over-dyeing and more. 

You will go home with with a selection of naturally dyed samples of yarn, 200g of yarn in the colour(s) of your choice and an info sheet with details of how you can continue natural dyeing at home.

Natural dyes can stain clothing and footwear, so be sure to wear something dark or old!

Materials are supplied.We will be working with wool and cotton yarns, you can choose from 2 100g skeins or 10 20g skeins. Please make your selection when booking. Please choose only one per attendee.

Please read our Refund Policy and Copyright Policy. By booking a workshop you agree to these policies.

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What you will learn
  • Workspace set-up and safety
  • Various methods to extract dyes from plants, fibre preparation & mordanting
What you will get
  • Info sheet so you can continue to do this at home
  • A selection of naturally dyed samples of yarn
  • 200g of yarn in the colour(s) of your choice

What to bring
  • An apron or old clothes you don't mind getting stained
  • A notebook and pen
  • A plastic bag to take home your yarns
  • Lunch (or you can walk the short distance to the local cafe's) We have a fridge, sandwich toaster and microwave
What to wear

Casual clothes you don't mind getting stained

Appropriate for


Cancelation & Refund Policy

Cancellation Policy

Cancelling your spot in a class

  • Bookings are final. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment. Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates.
  • You may offer your spot to a friend, we will transfer the booking into their name but you must arrange any transfer of money between yourself and your friend. 
  • Non-attendance under any circumstances forfeits the fee paid and is non-transferable.
  • A class requires a minimum number of attendants to go ahead. Your cancellation may mean the class is unable to go ahead therefore causing other participants to miss out and a teacher to be cancelled at the last minute.

If we cancel a class

  • All classes require a minimum number of bookings to go ahead. Minimum numbers vary from class to class. Classes that do not have the required minimum will be cancelled.
  • Participants will be notified 48 hours prior to the start of the class and will be offered the choice of having their spot transfered to the next available class, a credit to be used towards another class or a full refund.
  • If a teacher is unable to attend a class due to illness or other extreme circumstances we will postpone the class to a later date and inform you as early as possible.
  • We can not be held liable for any travel or other costs in the event of a cancellation.
  • We do our best to ensure classes go ahead

Gift vouchers purchased for a particular class

Gift vouchers: (1) expire X months from the time of purchase (as specified when booking); (2) are not redeemable for cash; (3) are not transferable or assignable; (4) cannot be redeemed for other courses or events.

This Policy replaces all other previous policies and can be replaced or altered at any time.

All Policies are deemed to be accepted by all parties upon enrolment.

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Terms & Conditions

© 2012-2017 Handmaker's Factory. All rights reserved unless otherwise stated.

All designs used in our workshops remain the property of the original designer aka the teacher. While our teachers are happy to share the knowledge and skills that they have spent years learning and perfecting we do ask that you do not copy their work and make a profit from it.

Of course you are welcome to make and gift an item that you have learned to make in our workshops but any copyright infringement will not be tolerated. We ask that you do the right thing and come up with your own original designs if you plan to sell your creations.

We also ask that you credit the designers with their name and a link when sharing their work.

Thank you!

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