Come spend a day gaining an overview of how to make your own natural dyes for fabrics with textile designer, Jane Deane. 

You will learn how to use 2 plant dyes that can be grown in the UK. We will dye a number of skeins in each dyepot and then use 4 modifiers (after-baths) to change the colours slightly. Every student will have 10 small skeins of dyed wool, all different, to take away with them, handouts with full instructions on how we achieved the results we did and a list of dye suppliers. With this information it will be possible for participants to continue with natural dyeing exploration at home.

You will need an apron, or old clothes, a disposable dust mask (available from any DIY shop), rubber gloves and a notebook and pen. Please bring a plastic bag (or a waterproof alternative) to transport your wool at the end of the day (it may still be wet!).


Course Leader - Jane Deane

Jane Deane is a textile designer and tutor, working with fibre, yarn and dyes. A member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen she has been spinning for over 40 years and has a particular love of natural fibres. She has taught widely in the UK and abroad and is co-author of Creative Spinning (Octopus, 2007), as well as articles in textile publications. A qualified teacher, she has been using, studying and teaching dyeing with natural dyes for many years, both in the UK and abroad.


Course times: 10am - 4.30pm
Includes a delicious organic and seasonal lunch.