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Yarn Dyeing

Have you ever looked a beautiful hand dyed skein of yarn and wondered just how the dyer has managed to get such vibrant and striking colours? Well, thanks to Janet Renouf-Miller, you can find out! Making use of her many years of experience, Janet will teach you how to dye yarns, fibres, and fabrics for use in all sorts of crafting projects. Through a range of different dyes and techniques, you’ll have the entire colour spectrum at your mercy!
Hand dyed yarns give your projects a uniqueness and character but buying them ready dyed can be costly. Janet is here is to give you the inside track so that you can create your own special designs at home. While you can certainly use new yarn bases, you can also re-dye any pale coloured yarn to create something extra special and unique to you. 
This course is suitable for those who knit, crochet, spin or weave. There will also be the opportunity to dye some fabric during the week but this will not be the main focus of the course.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

April 30th to 5th 2023
June 11th to 16th 2023
September 17th to 22nd 2023

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Our yarn dyeing holidays are loosely themed as follows:

Learn all about dyes and yarns, including the types of dyes, how dyes work and how to prepare yarns for dyeing.
You’ll have the chance to try out rainbow dyeing.

We will continue with rainbow dyeing. Then we will practise using a microwave and a dye pot for dyeing.
Take a look at the process of dip dyeing your yarns.

The day will be dedicated to ‘level’ dyeing which looks at how to get an even colour across your yarn.

Take a look at how get tone and how to pick colours that go together.
On your final afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to try out natural dyeing.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Janet Renouf-Miller
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

Your tutor will bring dyes, yarns, fabrics and fibres for you to dye. 

Please also bring:

  • A pair of re-suable (not disposable) rubber gloves
  • A waterproof apron
  • Several plastic bags for storing wet yarn
  • Labels
  • Notebook and pen.

You are welcome to bring any preferred materials you wish to dye. However, you may not be able to dye large quantities of any one thing, so it is best to bring smaller amounts of a number of different yarns/fibres.

Tutor Janet Renouf-Miller

Janet has worked as a textile tutor for many years, teaching for many different groups as well as running her own courses and retreats. She teaches anything to do with fibre and yarn and has written two books, two e-books and produced two full video courses. She loves to work with dyes and will often spend a whole day in a dyeing frenzy, producing a rainbow of yarns for projects.

For more information on Janet, please see her website.



  • ”I just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful and enlightening workshop. I sat on the train coming home with everything you’d taught us swimming around in my head as I sat spindling to pass the time. Suddenly everything seemed to click into place and I couldn’t wait to get home.
    The course was brilliant from beginning to end – can’t think how it might be improved.”
  • ”Clear teaching. Time for practice or consolidation in a relaxed atmosphere.”
  • ”Today I experienced an epiphany – thank you Janet.”
  • ”Thank you so much for the workshop. It was tremendous. Such fun and so illuminating!”

Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

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