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Local Colour with Julia Billings of Woollenflower

  • Gartur Stitch Farm Gartur Dykehead, Port of Menteith, Fk8 3JY (map)

Local colour- an introduction to natural dyes

Join horticulturist and craftsperson Julia Billings in a full-day workshop on the essentials of transferring colours found in plants onto (fabric and) yarn. We will cover the key aspects of natural dyeing: fibre preparation and mordanting, sourcing dyestuffs, the various steps involved in preparing and working with a natural dyebath, safe dyeing practice, over-dyeing to create complex colours, keeping records of dye experiments and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials. This workshop has a special focus on finding dye materials in the local landscape and we'll be exploring the dye potential of the flora found both on the farm and in the kitchen pantry.

Included: Comprehensive notes on all processes and recipes covered, all materials and samples of fabric and yarn dyed in the workshop 

Please bring: Sturdy closed shoes (we’ll be taking a short walk around the farm), weather-appropriate clothing that can handle a few splashes from the dyebath and a notepad and pencil if you’re likely to want to make notes.


Travelling from far?  Gartur Farm is located on the historic Cardross Estate with a range of self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation.  Contact Nicola on 01877 385223 or for more information. Lochend Chalets and The Lake of Menteith Hotel are also nearby. 

We also offer the option of Air B&B in the house, which you can book at checkout.  The cost of that option includes B&B accomodation in the house for 2 for 2 nights plus one course slot.  You can see our Air B&B here


Located just off the A811 near Arnprior, we are just 14 miles from Stirling and Milngavie.

Public Transport: Collection can be arranged from Stirling Rail Station. 

Earlier Event: May 26
Intro to Fermentation
Later Event: June 23
Intro to Sourdough Bread