Sunday 24 January, 1.30-4.30pm, Natural dyeing for wool

This class is held at our Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard, and is taught by Simone Bensdorp of Wild Felt.

In this workshop you will learn how to create natural dyes for wool using seasonal plant materials and food scraps. Together we will make two different dye pots to dye some local woolen yarn, plus we will discuss recipes, modifiers and fibre preparation so you will feel well equipped to keep dyeing at home. We will also have time to experiment with a range of dyes and inks, so you can explore the potential colour in different plant materials. 

You will leave with samples of two different colours of naturally dyed wool to use in your own projects and the knowledge and inspiration to create your own dye pots at home. 

The wool we are dyeing is 10 ply Aran from Blackhills farm in North Canterbury, you will receive approx. 20 grams of each colour.

Please bring 2 containers with lids to carry your wool in, as it will still be wet at the end of the workshop. 

Please note: This workshop is for adults only please, as it is not suitable for children.

There are 8 places available in this workshop.

Minimum numbers are required for the class to run.

About your tutor

Simone Bensdorp is a textile artist and teacher with a passion for sustainability and creativity. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials wherever possible. She is committed to keeping traditional felt making skills alive, while continuing to expand and push boundaries with contemporary techniques.


Simone's workshops aim to equip people with practical skills, whilst providing a safe space for creative expression and learning. She loves sharing the knowledge of traditional crafts, and the inevitable stories, laughter and connections that come with it.

Bookings are essential, non-refundable and non-transferable. We do, however, understand that things come up and try and accommodate people to the best of our ability. This can include moving people to another class or a refund - but please be aware that this is reliant on us filling the original spot.

This is because all of our pricing, and our efforts to keep costs as low as possible while still paying the tutors a fee commensurate with their experience and allowing them to cover the costs of living, is based on running these classes with a certain number of participants.

We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop in a partially subsidised manner because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora the Arts Centre.

Management of COVID-19 risk:

Please be assured this workshop will be managed with the utmost care in terms of risk management in relation to COVID-19. This will include: the workshop space being set-up with a minimum of 1 metre space between group members;  hand sanitiser being provided & its use required; hand washing facilities nearby; no sharing of tools/materials, regular disinfection of shared surfaces, and everyone is invited to bring a mask to wear if they’d prefer to do so.

Participants who are unwell, or who are required to self-isolate, must not attend the workshop. Refunds will be given if participants need to miss the workshop in order to manage the risk of COVID-19, however we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can fill the space. Refunds will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell on the day.





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