Natural Dyeing Workshop

A couple of weeks ago the West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers, and Dyers organised a natural dyeing workshop with Judy Hardman. It was similar to the one she ran last year, but being later in the year, and because this year we have actually had some sun(!) some of the plants were different. It was good to have another go at some of the more popular dyestuffs, and also to experiment with some different ones.

As with last time we dyed an incredible number of different colours in the day, using combinations of dye materials. Judy is very organised and had got all the plant material and skeins of wool (we used rug wool) prepared in advance. It was a wonderful way to be introduced to a wide variety of possible colours that can be achieved with natural dyeing. We each came home with 6 sample cards, and some people also dyed small amounts of their own yarn and fibre.

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It was a very fun day, I particularly liked the coreopsis colours, which I think would be not too difficult to grow in the garden too, and watching the indigo turn blue on exposure to the air is always a terrific magic trick πŸ™‚ I was really surprised that the red cabbage gave a pale bluey-green colour.

It was also a lovely opportunity to see some Guild members who I don’t know as well, as well as some familiar faces. It was lovely to meet Eileen’s daughter. I am now having a crisis of confidence over whether I have her name right, I think it is Kate, but I am now kicking myself that I didn’t write it down, apologies if I have got it wrong.

4 thoughts on “Natural Dyeing Workshop

    1. Heather Post author

      It was great fun! Judy is a very good teacher and we managed to do loads without it seeming like a panic. I am looking forward to having a go with some home grown things at some point.

  1. Kate

    It was lovely to meet you too, and yes, you got my name right! Like you, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Judy’s enthusiasm and knowledge was so inspiring I came away thinking about what plants I can introduce into my garden to use as dye matter next year. I’m definitely going to try growing the coreopsis!

    1. Heather Post author

      Whew! I thought I had remembered right, but then started second guessing myself. I am usually pretty terrible with names too.

      I look forward to hearing about what you decide to grow and how the dyeing goes! The coreopsis gave great colours didn’t it, and I rather like the plants too which helps πŸ™‚

      Hope to see you at other Guild things in the future if and when you can get to them.


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