Natural Dyeing Two Day Workshop with Julia Billings of Woollenflower 18th and 19th September 9am - 4pm Port of Menteith, Scotland

  • £150.00

Port of Menteith, Scotland 

Join horticulturist and plant dyer Julia Billings for a two day intensive on transferring the colours found in natural dyes onto yarn and fabric… Set outside at Gartur Stitch Farm and full of practical skill-building and joyful exploration, it should give you the skills and confidence to develop your own dye practice!

Day One: Local Dyes and Foraging for Colour

On Saturday, we’ll fire up the dyepots and head out to find and collect local dyeplants around the farm that are available this time of year. Over the day, we’ll work with numerous dyebaths made from local and imported raw material to dye a range of colours and, using the first and subsequent baths, a range of shades. We’ll also explore overdyeing and the use of modifying agents to expand our set of beautiful colours.


Day Two: Indigo

Sunday begins with indigo! We’ll follow the steps involved in creating an indigo vat and then, while it rests, look into the history of this old and venerated dyestuff and explore shibori methods of folding, clamping, binding and stitching fabric to create patterning. We’ll dip our fibres multiple times to achieve good depth of colour and explore how to overdye shades to make greens, teals, purples and other complex colours. 

The second day builds on what we covered on day one, but participants can opt to do either day as a stand alone course.


Level: Beginner

Skills required: None

Included: Tea, Coffee, Homebaking, Lunch and Materials. 

To bring: Please bring a pen, notepad, closed shoes suitable for walks around the farm and plenty of layers (most of the workshop will take place outside and Scotland can be cool and rainy, even in midsummer!). Some natural dyes stain so please bring an apron or wear clothes that can handle a few splashes.

You can attend one or both days.



Even though restrictions are likely to be eased at the time of the workshops, we are taking all steps to ensure all COVID safety requirements are met or exceeded. This includes additional covered outdoor workshop and eating spaces, enhanced cleaning, social distancing planning, additional handwashing and sanitising facilities, and a comprehensive refund policy that means that if you can't travel to the farm for COVID-related reasons, we will offer a full refund. 

Our mask and social distancing policy will follow whatever is in place in Scotland at the time, as will our attendance numbers, but we aim to keep the event small.

Please note: the workshop is held on a working farm with lots of free-range animals and there will be plenty of opportunities for pats over the weekend!