Stitch Fest South West is organised by:

Stitch Fest 

1 New Buildings

Harbertonford TQ9 7SZ

Tel: 01803 731077


No customer facing facilities.No visitors without appointment please


Grove Classroom 


An introduction to the techniques and methods of natural yarn dyeing, and the vibrant colours that can be achieved through dyeing with responsibly foraged or home grown plants and food waste.

Using a variety of weights of British wool yarn, ranging from super chunky to Ria’s bespoke 4ply weight yarn spun from Mendip sheep, we will look at the different ways natural dyes can be applied to yarn to create striking effects.

You will leave with a variety of mini skeins of yarn naturally coloured with a range of hues, suitable for knitting, crochet, weaving or any other fibre craft.

Yarn, materials and handouts are provided but please bring

What to bring: an apron, rubber gloves and a notebook. A notebook and pen


Ria Burns is a knitwear designer who specialises in botanically dyed, British wool knitwear. She designs, dyes and make knitwear in her Bristol studio. Ria works to a mission statement of ‘local wool, local plants and local production’ and has begun working with a bespoke wool yarn from a farm 15 miles away from her studio, as well as growing her own plants for dyeing.


Natural Yarn Dyeing with British Wool with Ria Burns