Discover natural yarn dyeing

What you'll do

Get a glimpse into the world of natural dyeing in this experience with Bristol textile designer, Ria Burns. With Ria’s help, you’ll learn how to naturally dye a selection of British wool yarns with homegrown and foraged plants, and food waste.

On the day you’ll work with a range of seven different yarns of varying breeds and weights, including Ria's bespoke Mendip lambswool yarn, to give you a range of naturally dyed shades. Ria particularly focuses on using low impact, sustainable materials, and will share her wide knowledge of natural dyeing with you throughout your experience.

You’ll finish with seven mini skeins of your own custom dyed yarn 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 naturally dye yarn at home.

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What you'll do

Get a glimpse into the world of natural dyeing in this experience with Bristol textile designer, Ria Burns. With Ria’s help, you’ll learn how to naturally dye a selection of British wool yarns with homegrown and foraged plants, and food waste.

On the day you’ll work with a range of seven different yarns of varying breeds and weights, including Ria's bespoke Mendip lambswool yarn, to give you a range of naturally dyed shades. Ria particularly focuses on using low impact, sustainable materials, and will share her wide knowledge of natural dyeing with you throughout your experience.

You’ll finish with seven mini skeins of your own custom dyed yarn 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 naturally dye yarn at home.

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Facilities

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • WiFi

COVID-19 guidelines

This workshop involves using shared dye pots, but only you will handle your own yarns. Equipment will be thoroughly cleaned between uses, and you are advised to wear gloves. We will adhere to social distancing and wear a face covering throughout the workshop.

On the day

The workshop will start at 10am, you are welcome to arrive from 9:45am. It can get a little wet and messy during the morning, please wear sensible shoes and clothes or bring an apron. If you have sensitive skin you may want to bring rubber gloves.

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.

About Ria Burns Knitwear

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.

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Your host

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.

What people are saying

A great learning experience. Ria is a very friendly and knowledgeable host.

Sarah Allard, May 2022

I wasn't aware of the complexity of wool dyeing.
I came away full of excitement and wonder.
A brilliant, eco friendly, fun workshop

Alyson Hurst, Nov 2021

Any questions?

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Upcoming dates

What people are saying

A great learning experience. Ria is a very friendly and knowledgeable host.

Sarah Allard, May 2022

I wasn't aware of the complexity of wool dyeing.
I came away full of excitement and wonder.
A brilliant, eco friendly, fun workshop

Alyson Hurst, Nov 2021
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Price
£60 / Adult
Duration
3 hrs
Age restriction
16+
Rebook or cancel up to 7 days before your experience.