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naturally-dyed yarn, Accessories, Craft Courses
Woollenflower is a small natural dye studio, based in Glasgow, Scotland, and run by horticulturist and dyer Julia Billings. With a focus on yarn and threads for handcraft, Julia hopes to expand the commonly-held view that natural dyes give mostly soft yellows and browns and to create a range of colours that inspire people to see them differently. Woollenflower yarns are made from high-quality, natural fibres, such as minimally-processed local wools, alpaca, linen and mohair, making textiles that are beautiful, tactile and durable.
Sustainability plays a strong role in Julia’s dyework and she relies heavily on locally-wildcrafted dyeplants, as well as sustainably-sourced raw materials and extracts, and strives to balance the need for long-lasting colour with environmental impact. She facilitates workshops on dyeing and knitting in her studio and beyond, framing classes around time-honoured skills that participants can develop and build on.
Also produced in the studio are periodic collections of wool pouches from worn-out Harris Tweed garments, upholsterer’s waste and vintage fabrics, and knit accessories, made using a hand-operated vintage knitting machine, Scottish yarns in soft, rich and earthy colours and botanically-inspired colourwork motifs.