Stained Fingers Dye Camp 2019

Calling All Colour Geeks!!

Registration Link

Friends: Your loved ones have asked us to have a talk with you.  They’re, well, worried.  You seem a little… obsessed.  About colour.  Now, we know that you’re a knitter, or crocheter, or spinner (or all three) and so colour is important to you.  We get that.  But ask yourself honestly:

Do you–

  • own more fresh new sets of crayons than an entire Grade 3 classroom?
  • cause the eyes of those near and dear to you glaze over when you start mulling over main colours and contrasts for your new favourite shawl pattern?
  • occasionally block traffic by stepping into the street on a hot July day to study the iridescent colours spreading across an oily puddle?
  • serve beets more often than those around you would prefer, simply because you love the stains they leave on your fingers?
  • find that bruises provide an opportunity for a fascinating colour study?

If you’ve answered yes to at least one of these, you may be a colour geek.  Don’t despair, though: your condition can be managed through careful application of colour theory, steaming dye pots, and fun dyeing challenges.  In short, you need Dye Camp!


What is Dye Camp?

  • 4 days in the company of fellow colour geeks.  The course starts with basic dyeing techniques, from mixing colours to applying dye to kettle dyeing.  As you gain experience, you’ll be encouraged to play and expand your knowledge, from ombre dyeing, gradients, and hand-painting to a wide range of experimental techniques, and more. Indigo dyeing and eco-printing are also possible options. 
  • Class size is small, which means there’s lots of time for individual instruction and direction. Each student works on projects they determine for themselves. This course is equivalent to private lessons, with lots of one-on-one instruction.
  • Returning students are absolutely welcome! We will spend some time with you to talk about what you’d like to work on in your time here.  And you’ll be given challenges that help stretch your dyeing and bring it to a new level– consider it a week of guided individual study.

Our studio in Haliburton ON (approximately 2.5 – 3 hours north of Toronto)

2019 Dates:

July 15-18 (with optional July 19 Open Studio day)

August 12-15 (with optional August 16 Open Studio day) [Waiting List only]

Yarn & Fabric: In order to allow each student to work with yarns of their choice, yarn (with the exception of yarn for samples) is not included in the material fee. Yarn may be purchased from us or you may choose to bring your own. Please do not bring yarn from other dyers to “overdye” (out of respect for their work). A price list will be provided early so that you’re aware of what’s available to you and how much to budget.


Cost: $625 course and materials (+HST)
Additional Studio Day (optional) $95 + HST

A $100 deposit is due upon acceptance into the course.

Travel and accommodation is the responsibility of each student. There are B&B’s, motels, a bigger hotel and some small cottage resorts/rental cottages, etc. We will send you information about local accommodation, along with recommendations and information about local amenities. We can also link you with other students who wish to share accommodation and travel.

If you have further questions prior to registration, please email me directly at


**please note: due to studio allergies, no alpaca yarn or fibre is allowed at Dye Camp