Heritage Skills: Natural Dyeing

This workshop with Mairi Lock will provide a taster for those of you who want to try natural dyeing.

Given the limitations of the day then this will probably be limited to dyes which do not require pre-mordanting of the yarns, so using onion skins and bark from the local area. If you have some hand spun yarn or commercial yarn then please bring it. No more then 10g hanks at a time.

We can cover how to tie hanks for dyeing, preparation, types of dyes, and safety before we dye some yarn. All yarns to be white (no overdying please) . Please bring a sturdy apron, and rubber gloves. Some means of identifying your yarns when in the dye pot would be useful.
Given the fact we will have boiling pans of dyes this is not a suitable course for children either participating or watching.

Course fee: £10 (There are no course fees if you are unemployed or in full time education; proof is required - see Terms and Conditions in event description).

Materials cost: £5-£10 for materials - to be brought to the course and paid to the trainer on the day.

*See Terms and Conditions in event description

Age Limit: Courses are designed for 18years and over. If you are under 18, please contact us on rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to discuss other opportunities.

Meal breaks: Please bring a packed lunch, teas and coffees will be supplied

Location: Finsthwaite Village Hall. LA12 8BJ


It is your instructor's responsibility to ensure your safety. In the event of exceptionally poor or dangerous weather conditions the course may need to be cancelled.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

Please contact Rebecca at rebecca.oaks@btinternet.com or your instructor if you have any questions.


Terms and Conditions

Course Fees - Concessions

Courses are free if you are unemployed or are in full time education. These discounts relate to course fees only, materials costs still apply. Money for materials should be brought to the course and given to the trainer directly on the day.

Applying for the Unemployment or Student Discount

If you want to apply for the unemployment, or student discount, please send us proof of your eligibility within seven days of your booking a course. You can send this to us via email to rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.co.uk or send via post to:

Sharon Callaghan, Rusland Horizons, LDNPA Southern Office, Saunderpot, Haverthwaite, LA12 8AB,

If you have not supplied proof within the required seven days, you will be charged the full amount for the course.

We can accept copies of the following documents:

Job Seekers

Proof that you are receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Letter on headed paper from your JobCentre Plus confirming your status


Student Card
Certificate of student status provided by your university, college or school.
Letter on headed paper signed by your tutor, head tutor, dead of department or University / College administration staff member.


In order to receive a full refund, you must notify us 30 days of the course start date that you are unable to attend.

We are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.