Unravel: Natural Yarn Dyeing with British Wool

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An introduction to the techniques and methods of natural yarn dyeing, and the vibrant colours that can be achieved through dyeing with responsibly foraged or home grown plants and food waste.
Using a variety of weights of British wool yarn, ranging from super chunky to Ria's bespoke 4ply weight yarn spun from Mendip sheep, we will look at the different ways natural dyes can be applied to yarn to create striking effects.
You will leave with a variety of mini skeins of yarn naturally coloured with a range of hues, suitable for knitting, crochet, weaving or any other fibre craft.


Please bring a notebook and pen, an apron and rubber gloves.

Tutor: Ria Burns

Ria designs, dyes and makes the knitwear for the brand on vintage domestic hand flat knitting machines from their studio in Bristol. She also manages the dye garden situated at her home. She graduatied with a first in BA Fashion Design from Batley School of Art, where she chose to specialise in fashion knitwear. She also went on to get an MA in Textile Design at Bath Spa University. Ria’s eponymous brand of botanically dyed, British wool knitwear was researched and developed during her time at Bath Spa and launched in September 2018 via a Crowdfunder campaign. Ria is an active member of the Heritage Crafts Association and the Knitting and Crochet Guild.

To learn more about Ria visit her website riaburns.co.uk