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Perfect for anyone interested in crafting, this experience will give you a glimpse into the world of natural dyeing. With your host Ria’s help, you’ll learn the bundle dyeing technique, creating your own naturally unique and colourful British wool sock blank.
You’ll work with a 100% wool sock yarn from British Corriedale sheep, experimenting with colour and pattern to create your finished piece. A selection of seasonal, homegrown and responsibly foraged flowers, leaves and even vegetables will be ready for you to use to decorate and then dye your knitted length of fabric, known as a sock blank. Ria has lived and worked in Bristol for five years, particularly focusing on using low impact, sustainable materials, and will share her wide knowledge of natural dyeing with you throughout.
You’ll leave with 100 grams of your own custom dyed yarn to unravel at home and use for knitting, crochet or weaving to create a completely unique piece. With Ria’s help you’ll also have the skills to go on to create experimental sock blanks at home.
There are no upcoming dates for this experience.
Existing dates have all sold out, but you can book now and schedule later when new dates are released.
You’ll dye your yarn at workspaces that are socially distanced throughout the venue, with gloves and mask when needed.
For Ria, it all started with a love of yarn and an interest in sustainable fashion. She specialised in fashion knitwear for her BA in Fashion Design, but it was at Bath Spa where her eponymous brand of botanically dyed, British wool knitwear was researched and developed. Her knitwear is made with an exclusive lambswool yarn spun from fleece from Fernhill Farm, just 15 miles away from her house in Bristol. She uses homegrown plant dyes to add pops of colour to her work and loves sharing textile printmaking methods with anyone wanting to learn more about natural dyes. All Ria’s knitwear is designed, dyed and made in Bristol, using hand powered knitting machines and utilising energy and water efficient dyeing methods.View more experiences by Ria Burns Knitwear
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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