Natural Yarn Dyeing and Urban Foraging

Join natural dyer and knitwear designers Ria Burns for a day of natural yarn dyeing and urban foraging in Bristol this Spring!

First, meet at Bristol Textile Quarter, then, after an introductory talk, you'll walk to a nearby urban green space and forage for dye plants to use later in the day. Ria will also help identify other plants that can be used for dye at different times of the year.

At the venue, you'll use these plants plus other natural dyes to create colour on a range of British wool yarns. Using a variety of yarns and breeds, ranging from super chunky to Ria’s bespoke 4ply weight yarn spun from local sheep, you 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 naturally dyed yarn in a range of hues, suitable for knitting, crochet, or any other fibre craft.

Age restrictions: 16+

Adult £95

How to get there


  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

On the day

Yarn, materials and handouts are provided but you may want to bring a notebook and pen. Please bring an apron or clothes you do not mind potentially getting dye liquids. Rubber gloves are advised if you have sensitive skin.

As there is an outdoor walking element to the workshop, please dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on footpaths and grass.

The venue is situated close to Bristol Temple Meads station and major bus routes. There is plenty of parking nearby too!

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 7 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Ria Burns

Your host will be Ria, textile designer and the founder of Ria Burns Knitwear. She’ll take you through her processes of creating uniquely different yarn and knitwear. Ria always aims to champion the natural hues and qualities of British wool. She creates one-off designs adding vibrant flashes of colour through natural hand dyeing, and is the perfect person to learn more about sustainable crafting from.

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