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Natural Dyeing Workshop with Debbie Tomkies

13th May 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join dye expert Debbie Tomkies, as she shows you how to create beautiful colours from plants using simple techniques you can repeat at home.

The course is suitable for complete beginners. For those who have done some natural dyeing previously, there is plenty to explore too!


What you will learn on the day:

After a short introduction to natural dyeing, where the dyes come from etc., we’ll be creating a fabulous set of samples, taking you through the colours of the rainbow. With your samples you’ll be able to recreate a huge range of colours, all from natural dyes.

Next, you’ll dye a 50g ball of lovely wool yarn which you can knit or crochet into a small project.

After lunch Debbie will be showing you some fun natural dyeing techniques – from solid colour (immersion) dyeing, gradients, dip-dye, speckling, handpainting and more.

You can then choose another 100g of undyed yarn to dye using your choice of techniques.

Debbie will also include a pattern from her own design collection for you to take away so you’ll have a project to take home and make right away!


Do I need to bring anything?

A packed lunch (or buy something from a local food outlet)

We’ll provide everything else you’ll need – yarn, dyes, even gloves and an apron.

PLEASE NOTE – This might get messy, so don’t wear your favourite pair of white jeans!


Course terms and booking conditions

Workshop and course bookings can be cancelled and refunded up until 7 days before the scheduled start date. As materials and equipment are ordered in advance, we regret that refunds cannot be offered less than 7 days before the workshop date. Please note that Eventbrite’s booking fee is non-refundable.

If we need to cancel the course for any reason your ticket will be fully refunded.


This event is part of a series of workshops and talks taking place during our Threads Textile Festival. Click here to see what else is happening across the weekend!


13th May 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sunny Bank Mills Gallery
83-85 Town Street
Farsley, LS28 5UJ United Kingdom