Natural Colour: from Wood to Wool

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Date(s) - 24/09/2022
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Trillium North Park


Anna Heywood-Jones

3 sessions

Saturdays from Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 8

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

In-person: Trillium North Park

Three afternoons will be spent exploring the colour range offered from the barks and leaves of trees growing in the fruit orchard at Means of Production Garden.

Pear, plum, cherry and apple will provide a range of golds, yellows, pinks, and oranges with further colour shifts offered from modifying dye baths.


Using a fleece gifted by Kate Paterson of Andrasta farm on Galliano Island, this series of workshops will offer participants a comprehensive understanding of the processes of mordanting raw fleece, extracting dye, and the colour opportunities a fruit orchard provides. Each participant will receive a share of the dyed fleece, ready for winter projects such as spinning, felting, etc. The fleece is  a mix of Finn/Navajo Churro/Dorset/Suffolk.

As one of EartHand’s current artists in residence, Anna Heywood-Jones is researching the visual and material relationship between locally grown/raised fibres and dye plants. With spinning contributions from the EartHand community, Anna is weaving handspun wool (Barnston Island), linen and nettle (grown in EartHand’s urban gardens) into swatches which are then dyed with plants growing in the Trillium North and Means of Production Gardens. These hand spun, woven, and dyed textile swatches will become a part of EartHand’s local fibre library.

As part of the From Wood to Wool program, Anna will be dyeing swatches with the various dye baths created, giving participants a chance to see how these same dyes respond to cellulose fibres (such as nettle and linen) and an iron mordant.

Location Note: the Trillium studio is outside, under tarps if required. Please dress warmly, bring an extra layer and a lunch; tea and all workshop materials are provided.

Harvest Session: If you are interested in meeting the trees and participating in the gathering of dye materials, join Sharon Kallis at the Means of Production garden on Wed Sept 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for pruning. After registering, please email earthandgleaners(at) to confirm you want to participate in this session.


This is a paid guild with tiered pay-as-you-can tickets*:

$225 – Community Patron (CP)

$210 – Volunteer Supported (VS)

$195 – Sponsored Placement (SP)

*Prices include supplies

Subsidized spaces in this program are available thanks to the generous donations of EartHand community members. For more information about our pricing scale please see our EartHand Fee Structure page.



Bookings are closed for this event.