Learn about extracting dye from natural sources & be guided through the dye process step-by-step using pure wool yarn from British farmers or oeko-tex certified cotton fabric.

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), or cotton fabric.
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]

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.



The Course:

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. 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. Cotton fabric is also available for those who prefer it.

We will visit the dye garden to look at the available plants and you will pick your own plants for dyeing. We will then return to the studio to wash and prep the dye plants and the yarn ready for the dye process.

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. 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 or fabric 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.



Please note that we do not issue refunds on Workshops once they are booked. This is because time is blocked out for teaching meaning that the studio cannot be used for anything else, and also because dye materials for students are brought in specially.

If you have an issue meaning you can not attend on your booked date, please contact us in advance of the date to arrange re-booking on to the next suitable available workshop.

If you are unable to attend this second workshop date after the re-booking has been arranged, then unfortunately your booking cannot be re-arranged a third time.

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