I’m very excited to be participating in the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers (AGWSD) Summer School in York this August!
My course this year will be ‘Dyeing – A Technique (or Two!) a Day‘ and will look something like this!
If you are looking for a deeper understanding of dyeing, how to create and plan colourways, develop your own style and try out lots of innovative, fun techniques, you will love this course.
Our week will begin with basic colour sampling, the essentials of colour theory and the fundamentals of dyeing yarns and fibres. Inspired by your colour palettes you will be putting your knowledge into practice, starting with familiar methods such as immersion dyeing, how to achieve even colours, plan for larger projects and tackle tricky issues like blotchy dyeing.
As the week progresses we’ll move onto an exploration of different techniques, including low water immersion, handpainting and rainbow dyeing, ‘dye on the ball’, speckling, simple self-patterning, ombre, veil dyeing and more. There will be the opportunity to work with a range of interesting yarns and pre-knitted fabrics (commonly known as ‘sock blanks’). There will be plenty of time to experiment and explore your favourite techniques.
At the end of the course, you can expect to take home a workbook of samples, hand-dyed yarns and comprehensive handouts for further experimentation at home. You will dye sufficient yarn to make at least two complete small projects and I’ll have a range of my designer patterns for you to take home to turn your dyed yarns into one-of-a-kind finished items.
The week ends with an Open Day and trade fair and DT Crafts will be there with our trade stall. There will be an amazing exhibition of work, talks and more.
If you can’t make it to Summer School, I’m cooking up exciting plans for a dyeing retreat next year! If you would like to know more, please sign up to my newsletter on the home page to be sure to get all the details first 🙂