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Dye workshop – Bespoke group dyeing tuition in person – full day


Availability: 4 in stock (can be backordered)

About the sessions

Bring up to 4 people and study your choice of dyeing technique/s at whatever level, with in person, specialist tuition with Debbie.

In this full day (6 hour) session (plus lunch break!) you can set your own, customised schedule and learn at your own pace.

It’s a perfect opportunity to take your first steps in handdyeing, learn about setting up as an indie dyer or, for more experienced dyers, to spend some time exploring new ideas and techniques. It’s also a great treat for a birthday, wedding, party or celebration.

Looking for something a bit more in-depth? Debbie also offers weekend sessions, in person or via Zoom.

You will learn:

For this session, you set the schedule! You’ll agree with Debbie what you are interested in and she will produce a session plan that suits you.

What’s included?

Debbie will provide all the dyes and equipment for the session. You are welcome to bring your own materials (yarn/fabric etc.) to dye or these can be provided at an additional charge.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided. Lunch may be purchased from our cosy, on-site Waiting Room cafe or wander up to Altrincham for a wide selection of cafes and eateries to suit every taste.

Course level:

This course is suitable for absolute beginners, intermediate and experienced dyers as well as those who may be thinking about setting up to dye commercially as an indie dyer.

This is a course aimed at over 18s. It may be possible to accommodate younger students if accompanied by an adult but please ask before booking.


This is an in person course and will be hosted at Debbie’s studio at A4 studios and AIR Gallery in Altrincham, Cheshire.


Bespoke group sessions are available by arrangement with daytime, evening and a limited number of weekend slots.

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!

As it will be your exclusive session, there’s lots of flexibility to learn what you want at your pace.

Keen to learn to dye but can’t attend in person?

No problem! We are delighted to be able to offer online classes live via zoom where you can enjoy the course from the comfort of your own home or studio. As the course is live you’ll be able to ask questions and Debbie will be demonstrating techniques on screen.

Details of Zoom sessions can be found here.

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!

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!”.
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“Thankyou Debbie! You’ve inspired me! I’ve really enjoyed learning a new skill and you’re a very patient teacher. I will look out for you at the festivals”. All the best, Elizabeth x
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