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Dyeing courses, classes and workshops taught all across the UK. Dyeing is the age old process of adding colour to all types of textiles. Dyes can be natural, such as the orangey-red 'ochre' found in clay or onion skins, or man-made. One of the most abundant sources of dye is the plant kingdom. Roots, berries, bark, leaves and wood can all be used. Learning how to be creative with colours and fabric is a timeless and enjoyable skill. As a textile artist, it will open doors onto new realms of possibility! Would you like to learn how to dye fabric? Perhaps you have a dress or pair of trousers that needs a new lease of life? Come and join a dyeing course, workshop or group and open your eyes to the world of colour out there!

I've been spinning for 10 years, teaching for 6 and there's nothing better than passing on this incredible skill. During the day we'll discuss fleece and fibre preparation, try some carding and then spin the day away. You'll take away a skein of your own handspun yarn. I teach in various venues in the North West of England, please give me a call and I'll tell you where the closest is to where you are.
We meet every Monday evening during term time from 7pm to 9pm. This class is ongoing during term time. Over the last year the course has covered the following subjects: Spinning - basic spinning skills, design, colour blending in spinning, fancy yarns. Weaving - rigid heddle weaving, weaving on four shaft looms, design, tapestry, inkle braids. Dyeing - natural dye extracts, random dyeing with acid dyes and fibre reactive dyes. You can pay £45 in...
Next course on 16th September 2017
Discover sustainable, environmentally friendly ways to beautifully pattern fabric using ancient techniques and plant dyes. Indigo, Madder and Weld are the oldest known dyes which can create a full spectrum of colours when combined. Shibori is a refined form of tie-dye originating in Japan and used to create intricate patterns. These are created by clamping, tieing, stitching, wrapping, folding and binding fabric before dyeing. In this one day workshop we will explore the fascinating history...
Next course on 13th May 2018
Learn the techniques of indigo dyeing and Shibori at this creative craft workshop in West Wales - three days of tuition with Cath Lewis. The workshop will take place at Ystrad Farm, Brechfa. Over the three days you will learn to make up the indigo dye bath as well as learning tying, pleating and folding techniques. We will then dye a whole load of lovely fabrics. Day 1: Cath will introduce you to indigo dyeing;...
Next course on 30th September 2017
Come and join us for a week of traditional craft, gentle walks and optional morning yoga - a truly relaxing week for creative people who would like a bit of the outdoors. Over the week participants can have a go at natural dyeing outdoors in the woods. Foraging for dye plants, making botanical dyes from what they have foraged and learning about ancient imported dyes. Guests will dye local fleece as well as fleece from...
NATURAL DYEING USING WOODLAND PLANTS At Coppicewood College, Cilgerran. This one day course is an introduction to natural dyeing using plants from the woods. We will start by exploring and collecting materials. Then we take them to the woodland workshop and dye samples on yarn, fleece and fabric. There will be explanations as we go along and notes to take home. A relaxed day out in a lovely setting. Please wear sensible shoes or boots....
Next course on 20th August 2017
Summer Dyes from the Countryside - one day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Take a basket and wander through the meadows, investigate the hedgerows and gardens to identify and collect traditional dye material in season. Berries and barks, roots, flowers and fruits all provide wonderful natural ingredients. Participants will prepare dye baths of vibrant and glowing natural colours and dip and dye samples to take home. The historic use of dye plants and...
We will start the day with tea, coffee and an introduction to basic colour theory. After that we will start experimenting. You'll have a go at dyeing yarn and fibre and use a range of techniques as well as demonstrations. This course uses acid dyes which are fixed with vinegar.
Come and join for our week-long or 5 day Natural Dyeing and Hand-Spinning course. We are located in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. Participants spend their first few days foraging for Highland dye plants and making botanical dyes in our woodland clearing. We make our dyes outdoors over fires the traditional way, dyeing our own and local Shetland fleece ready to spin. We have our own small flock of Shetland sheep, which Alex...
Lacquer Crafts 2 day Workshop in Bristol and Bath The workshop: This two day introductory Lacquer Crafts workshop is for both professional and part time artists and ceramicists who would like to experience the art of working with stains, dyes and lacquers onto three dimensional forms. Modern lacquers are a joy to work with because each layer is touch dry in around 10 minutes. Therefore an illusionary depth and texture in the smooth surface of...