The Dyeing Special Interest Group includes spinners, gardeners interested in growing dye plants and sharing seeds, others who are interested in learning more about record keeping, experimenters and chemists, and a allotmenters already growing a range of dye plants.

Meetings are held in March, June, September and December at 11:00 on the Saturday mornings preceding the afternoon Guild meetings.

The groups aims and objectives are:

  • To try dyeing with both natural and synthetic dyes
  • To develop a good record keeping method
  • To explore light fastness – which dyes work and which are the ‘faders’
  • To learn how to control dyeing for the results we want, e.g. even, nonblotchy dyeing
  • To experiment with techniques – solar dyeing, mud dyeing, shibori, ikat, warp painting – to name but a few
  • To collaborate on projects with other weavers or spinners
  • To take Health and Safety seriously, e.g. the safety of dye stuffs and mordants, safe disposal, etc.
  • To source, share and swap materials or seeds
  • Get out on visits and have fun

So far we have conducted our own ‘Kool-Aid Test’ and our first home dyeing project – dyeing with madder.


Members – £3.50

Students – voluntary contribution

Visitors   – £7.00

If you have any questions or would like to join us you can contact the co-ordinators at