I like teaching people about craft!
I teach regularly at my favourite local yarn shops: the Queen of Purls in Glasgow, fluph in Dundee, Ginger Twist Studios in Edinburgh and Wild and Woolly in London. In 2018, I’ll also be teaching workshops at Gartur Stitch Farm and other events around the UK and Europe.
I also hold natural dye classes at home in Glasgow- you can find out more and book through my shop…
Upcoming classes include:
Local colour at Gartur Stitch Farm: Join me for a full-day workshop on plant-dyeing at Kat Goldin’s lovely farm near Stirling. We’ll cover the essentials of transferring colour found in plants onto yarn (and fabric), including fibre preparation and mordanting, sourcing dyestuffs, the various steps in preparing and working with a natural dyebath, safe dyeing practice, overdyeing to create complex colours, keeping records of dye experiments and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials. This workshop has a special focus on finding dye materials in the local landscape and we’ll be exploring the potential of the flora found both on the farm and in the pantry.
Date: Saturday June 9, 10am-4pm in
Included: Comprehensive notes on all processes and recipes covered, all materials and 100gm of yarn dyed in the workshop, plus a delicious lunch.
To book: Please buy a place via Gartur Stitch Farm
Indigo Blue: Experience the magic of indigo dyeing and learn the steps involved in creating your own indigo vat in this full-day workshop with horticulturist and natural dyer Julia Billings.
After preparing our vat together, we’ll take time while it rests to look into the history of this old and venerated dyestuff and the various different kinds of vats you can choose to work with. We’ll prepare yarn and fabric to dye both solid colours and patterning (using shibori methods, such as clamping, binding and stitching) and then dip them in the vat multiple times to achieve a range of shades.
Over the course of the workshop, we’ll cover the key aspects of dyeing with indigo (fibre preparation, creating and maintaining a vat at home, over-dyeing to create complex colours, safe handling and disposal and other tips and tricks) and you’ll have the chance to dye small pieces brought from home in the vat.
Date: Saturday June 30, 10-4 in Battlefield, Glasgow
To book: Please buy a place via my shop
Included: All materials, comprehensive notes on processes covered, samples of fabric and yarn dyed in the workshop, plus lunch, tea and cake!
Please contact the relevant venues for more information and bookings for knitting classes and book for natural dye classes via my shop. You can also subscribe to my newsletter for updates on classes and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like me to facilitate a group or private class.