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Introduction to hand dyeing yarn with synthetic dyes – Online workshop


Dye your own ‘one of a kind’, unique yarn in this online workshop with dye expert Debbie Tomkies.

In this relaxed, online workshop Debbie will be showing you how to create gorgeous, unique colourways using simple techniques and safe, easy to use synthetic dyes. Dye your yarn easily at home with either our acid dye or procion dye kits and some basic equipment. Debbie will be showing you from start to finish how to prepare your yarn for dyeing, super cool techniques, fixing your dyes and finishing the process.

Course level:
  • This event is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who want to brush up their skills or just enjoy a couple of hours dyeing some fab yarn!


What you will learn:
  • How to set up your space and prepare your yarn for dyeing
  • The essential principles of hand dyeing – what types of dye there are, what fibres you can dye and how the dyes are used on each fibre
  • How to make up your dyes, create colours from pastels to the deepest shades
  • Blending your dyes to create your own colourways
  • Fun ways to apply dye to your yarn, including immersion, low water immersion, handpainting, rainbow dyeing and more
  • Fixing your dye
  • Finishing your yarn
You will need:
  • We recommend either our acid dye or procion dye kits. These contain all the ingredients you’ll need as well as our accompanying full instruction booklet. To get you started, we would suggest a set of three dye colours (available in the starter kits) will give you loads of colour potential. If you have the budget, the deluxe kits offer a wider range with 12 gorgeous colours. You can also use your own dyes (please get in touch if you’re not sure whether the dyes you have will be suitable).
  • You will also need some natural fibre yarn. Ideally wool or an animal fibre but if you prefer a non-animal fibre, cotton, rayon, bamboo, linen and other plant-based yarns can also be used. You’ll find an extensive range of undyed yarn on our website but you may are welcome to use your own yarn. And of course, we’re very happy to advise if you’re not sure whether what you have is suitable.
  • Our free downloadable guide also sets out what materials and equipment you will need. Most of the equipment is cheaply and easily obtainable from the local supermarket or DIY shop (Wilko and B&M are our favourites in the UK!) but please make sure anything you use isn’t used for food afterwards.
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Support good causes!

A proportion of our online workshop fees raise funds for local organisations like Don’t Walk Past group so we hope you’ll share on your social media and invite friends to sign up if they would like to take part.

How does the session work?

Our online sessions are flexible and you can watch from anywhere! You simply need access to a pc/mac, laptop, tablet or smartphone with a camera and audio to join. The session is also recorded for ticket holders to view for 2 months after the event..

You can choose to watch the session live and dye-a-long with Debbie. Alternatively, watch live with your feet up and a cuppa and have a go later. The recording will be available for 2 months after the event for you to watch at your leisure. 

About the classes

Debbie loves to teach and has been a dyer for over 30 years so you’ll be able to pick her brains for tips, tricks and hacks!

Debbie’s online sessions are fun and enjoyable. The pace is relaxed and there is time to dye along if you wish or watch and have a go later. You’ll be able to ask questions live during the session and the chat box means you can also interact live with Debbie and the other students.

About Debbie

Debbie has been a hand-dyer for over 30 years. She has worked with yarn companies, hand-dyeing yarns for commercial collections. She also ran successful yarn and fibre dye clubs for a number of years.

Debbie teaches dyeing and printing with both synthetic and natural dyes, including indigo and woad vat dyeing. She works with yarn, fabric and fibres. 

Debbie is the author of 5 internationally published books, Hand-Dyed Yarn Craft Projects, Complete Knitting Skills, 250 Knitting Stitches, Knitting.Learn it.Love it and How to Knit.

When she’s not dyeing, designing, knitting or crocheting, you’ll find her in the garden, tending her dyeplants, enjoying a nice craft beer or hugging a big mug of builders’ tea. And if you’re out and about, she can often be found in the mosh pit at a gig or enjoying some folk music!

Is there anything we can help with?

If you need any information about this course, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or phone.

Debbie says... I love teaching workshops and courses – part of the pleasure of doing something I love for a living is in knowing that other people have shared my passion and enthusiasm, learned something new, had lots of fun and generally had a good time! Teaching is a learning process for the tutor as much as for the students so I like to keep a comments book for feedback. Here are some of my favourite excerpts…

What our students say...

“I had a wonderful time and discovered a new passion! Thank you so much for your clear and thorough instructions and for being such an inspiration. My only problem is finding the time to fit dyeing into my already busy days – but never fear, it will have to be done! Inspiring!”

“Wonderful! Thank you very much”.

“A really fun session that demystified what had seemed like a very complicated craft to me before today. Thank you!

“Fab fun. I was really curious to know how some many colours can get into a single skein – now I know (some!). I’d love to do some more! Thankyou!”.


23 February 2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Debbie Tomkies
Debbie Tomkies
0161 718 3818

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