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Upcoming Events

23rd June

Aldborough - Summer fair. We will be in the Church rooms this year

27th & 28th July

Worstead Festival. An opportunity to see the history of weaving, spinning and dyeing in the beautiful Church or Worstead.

26th August

Aylsham Show

18th & 19th July

Acid dyeing workshop - Max 6 people each day 10.30am to 13.30pm. Cost: £25 for members and £40 for non-members including 150g of sock yarn. Non members day will be on the Thursday 18th.

12th - 15th August

How Hill retreat. Overnight places are available, or day passes are also an option.

7th & 8th September

Dilham Canal Festival

28th & 29th September

Trimmingham Trosh

Solar Dyeing Dye Along

Try out solar dyeing. There are lots of ways to solar dye. They all follow basic principles. You put fibre/yarn in a large jar, add water, a mordant and natural dye materials. Leave in the sun for at least three weeks dependent on the weather and personal choice.

With this dye along we are using 1.5L kilner jars, alum as a mordant 10g per 100g of fibre/year, we will be using wool and a personal choice of dye material. 

1. Soak method: In a large pan, you add alum to enough water to cover your wool and bring to approx 80 degrees C and then leave to cool. Gently squeeze excess water and add wool to jar which you then top up with plain water.

2. Non soak method: The alum is added to the water in the jar and wool is added to the mixture.

It is suggested that you will get a more even dye colour if you soak the wool first in hot water and cool.

No Alum, no problem. You can use white vinegar. Ratio is 2 teaspoons per 2 cups of water. You can soak the wool first in warm water or add the vinegar to the jar. The results will be different from using alum.

End of week one, you should have found a jar, decided on the mordant and chosen the dye material. There are lots of YouTube videos on solar dyeing and information on using natural dyes.

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