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:
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.
We’ll cover the key aspects of dyeing with indigo (choosing which vat is most suitable for your needs, creating and maintaining a vat at home, fibre preparation, over-dyeing to create complex colours, safe handling and disposal and other tips and tricks) and look at techniques to dye both solid colours and patterning (using shibori methods, such as clamping, binding and stitching).
Each participant will each 100gm of wool yarn and samples of fabric and, if time permits, have the chance to dye a small object from home- if you’d like, please bring along an item made from natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen, wool, leather and wood.
Please wear clothes that can take a splash or two of indigo and bring a notebook and pen with you.
Date: Saturday January 5, 12-6 in Battlefield, Glasgow
To book: Please buy a place via my shop
Included: All materials, comprehensive notes on processes covered, 100gm of yarn and samples of fabric and lunch, tea and cake
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
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
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 email@example.com if you’d like me to facilitate a group or private class.