Learn about extracting dye from natural sources & be guided through the dye process step-by-step using pure wool yarn from British farmers. Includes a visit to our natural dye garden to harvest seasonal dye plants.
Dyes and colours that we grow or that can be foraged locally include Woad (blue), Tansy (yellows), Madder (reds), Weld (yellows), Blackberry (purples fading to grey), Mugwort (greens), Buddleia (strong mustards). Please note plants are seasonal.
Cost £75 per person. Maximum group size per workshop: 4 people.
Duration 4 hours tuition plus an hour break. Runs from 11 am to 4pm.
Location: Private studio on the 2nd floor of 49A the Old High Street, Folkestone. Visit to dye garden nearby (3 mins from studio location).
Included in the price:
100g wool yarn (choice of bases including Kent Romney, Cheviot, Blue Faced Leicester).
Natural dyes and appropriate fixatives.
Protective gear (apron and gloves).
Teas & coffees.
- Natural dye plants produce strong and not always pleasant smells when being cooked.
- Protective equipment is provided, but wearing older clothes and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
- The garden and studio are accessed via steps so may be difficult for those with mobility concerns.
For enquiries before booking please message us through the website, contact via our facebook or instagram or email folkestoneharbouryarn [!at] yahoo.com
Once you have booked your place, you will be emailed a PDF with specific details about the location and what to expect during the workshop.
Suzi is an experienced teacher and yarn dyer, whose work has been featured in publications such as Simply Crochet, Mollie Makes, The Knitter, Knitting Magazine & more. She is fully insured to teach workshops.
Part 1. 11am to 1pm.
Arrival and introduction. Coffee and teas are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own refreshments with you.
I will show you samples of naturally dyed yarns and the colours that can be produced.
Then we will visit the dye garden which is a 3 minute walk from the studio. Several dyes can be harvested here (or foraged nearby) depending on the time of year including woad, weld, tansy, blackberry, buddleia and mugwort. You will receive a tour of the garden whilst I answer any questions you might have about the plants before we harvest the dye stuff and carry it back to the studio.
We will wash and prep the dye plants and the yarn ready for the dye process.
In the morning session you will select your yarn from a range of undyed 100g skeins. Fibres and weights are subject to availability but can include sock, DK, Chunky and Super chunky weights, and fibres can include Blue Faced Leicester, Corriedale, Kent Romney, Merino & others.
You will also receive a safety orientation of the dye kitchen, and will don protective gear (aprons, gloves, provided by FHY). Wearing older clothes and shoes that cover your feet (ie not open toed sandals) is recommended as spills can occur.
Lunch time: 1pm to 2pm.
You can take a break and grab a coffee and something to eat in one of the Old High Street's cafe's and restaurants, or maybe bring a packed lunch to eat in the park or seafront, or visit some of the fantastic independent shops on the street.
Part 2: 2pm to 4pm.
We will combine the yarn and dye stuff in the pots, as appropriate to each dye stuff. Please note that Woad blue has a different dye process to most dyes and includes some physical effort. You will be guided through the entire process step-by-step and will have fact/recipe sheets to take home.
At the end of the session your yarn will still be damp. Sealable containers will be provided for you to transport your yarn home where you can hang it out to dry. Instructions on winding your yarn into a ball ready for knitting or crochet will be given.
If you like, you can take home some dye plant seeds for your garden, and will receive a 10% discount on any F.H.Y. products purchased on the day.
FHY accepts payment by Direct Payments, paypal and credit and debit cards through paypal. If you have bought an item by mistake convo me immediately and I will cancel and refund your payment so long as the item hasn't already been shipped.
Covid-19: Delivery runs are made 3 times a week. Please be assured that the FHY workspace is normally clean and tidy and I am taking extra precautions during this period whilst packing your orders.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
FHY promises to refund or replace any item lost in transit.
With damaged items take a picture and attach it to a convo, we will replace all damaged items with out further charge... this hasn't happened yet! Please remember should your postie decided to sit/stamp or otherwise destroy your item it's not our fault and contact us before you leave negative feedback so we can sort this out amicably!
Items should be returned in the same condition they were sent out in.
Should an item be returned, please note that I am unable to refund the money already paid to the post office. This is something out of my control as a small business reliant on Royal Mail. Thank you for your understanding.
If you would like a custom order please convo us and we will agree a price, timescale and arrange a listing if you wish to go forward.