Demystify Natural Dyeing with Elizabeth Johnston
30 September, 2019
09.45 - 16.30
Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Included but bring an apron
Elizabeth Johnston

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Discover the beauty of natural dyes where each colour compliments the next. A class to investigate and demystify the natural dye process. Find out why the fibre must be clean. See how mordants change the colours. With just a few dye stuffs, fleece and/or natural coloured yarns, white, as well as greys and fawns – you may be surprised how many colours and shades are achievable. Bring an apron.

Materials: Fleece, yarn, and dye stuffs are provided. Lunch is provided, please contact us with any special dietary requirements.
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Please email your preference of fibre to dye – fleece or yarn.

Elizabeth has knitted from childhood learning age-old skills from family. She began with knitting Fair Isle and then moved on to lace. Constantly refining finishing skills, Elizabeth progressed to working with knitting machines. Her main desire had always been to learn to spin, and she eventually bought her first spinning wheel in 1978… she has acquired a fair few since! Spinning has become the main focus in her life and business, Shetland Handspun, producing handspun yarns, patterns and kits, as well as garments which are all handknitted in her handspun yarns. She is also a keen dyer, and can get the most beautiful colours always using natural dyes. She is a co-writer of a newly published book “The Warp Weighted Loom”.

Transport: Buses leave from Viking Bus Station (Service no.6, at 9.00) regularly travelling to Sandwick (a 6 minute walk to the Visitor Centre). We suggest you ask the driver to let you off by the Carnegie Hall. Folk regularly travel from Lerwick, with lifts and car sharing usually available especially for the return journey to Lerwck. If necessary we can offer a lift from Hoswick to Lerwick. Please email us if you need assistance with transport.
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