Dyeing for Knitters, Weavers and Spinners

When and Where

6 Jun 2020 - 7 Jun 2020 (10 hours, 2 days)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Mary Spyrou
Course code

What you will learn

Try dyeing wool roving, woollen yarn, cotton and linen for your weaving and knitting projects, using Acid and Procion dyes. Various techniques such as piece-dyeing and ombre dyeing as well as multi colours in a plastic bag all create exciting yarns to use. Suitable for all levels.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Know which dyes for which yarns
  • Prepare your yarns
  • Mix your dyes
  • Mix your colours
  • Dye up samples and your own yarns in several exciting ways.

Class format and activities

Activities involve the practical preparation of yarn hanks, scouring of fleece if needed for spinning and practical dye mixing with H & S information. There will be time to experiment with mixing colour selections and support with the dyeing of samples, either hot or cold depending on your yarn. Some yarns are provided by the College but you are encouraged to bring in your own natural yarns - see recommended suppliers below in box 4. There will be opportunities to try several methods of dyeing yarns in different ways such as dip dyeing, ombre dyeing, rainbow dyeing, tie dyeing and dyeing yarns flat, to give a variety of tonal or multicoloured yarns to use on personal projects.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Enthusiasm, love of colour and ambition to dye your own yarns.

What you need to know before you enrol

Here are some suggestions of companies that sell yarns, there are many more;
Where to buy cotton on line and already in hanks; A.C.Wood, Bradford
where to purchase lambswool , white or ecru ; Uppingham Yarns

What you will need for your class

Apron, rubber gloves, mask, empty plastic containers with lids to keep dyes in.
Natural threads for tying up your hanks and tie dyeing your yarns.
Plastic bags to take damp yarn home, notebook and pencil.

What you can do next

Join a class at Morley, such as Textile Foundation, Experimental Machine Knit, Tapestry, etc.