Natural dyeing with Jenny Dean

Jenny Dean‘s fabulous workshop was a Christmas present from my Dear Husband.

hanks of coloured wool

 The Ditchling Art and Craft Museum, is a beautiful venue for workshops.


ditchling museam sign
The brilliant Jenny Dean is an amazing tutor and so generous in sharing her experience of natural dyeing – so many colour variations are possible using plants from our very own gardens.


Jenny Dean with hanks of wool
We started with pots of water, added lots of plant materials – Weld, Cochineal (beetles!), Prussian Blue and Madder – then some wool yarn, stirred and waited.
pots of water on heater
simmering wool in pot
yellow hanks of wool in pot red hanks of wool being taken out of pot
Lots of rinsing later and we had some lovely yarns drying in the sunshine – look at this stunning rainbow of colour!
hanks of wool drying in the sun
hanks of wool drying in the sun
A colourful end to a wonderful day.  My head was buzzing all the way home.