I grew up with a mother who is a fibre fanatic, in a house full of yarn and fleece and looms and spinning wheels. So I was crafting from a very young age, doing everything from sewing, knitting and dyeing to needle point and cross stitch. In 2002, I set off for the mountains of BC and did a three year textile program at the Kootenay School of the Arts, an eclectic, wonderful little school. One of the instructors there turned me on to natural dyeing in a big way, and a fellow student taught me about the wonders of boiled wool, which I now use for my production line of hats.

I currently enjoy juggling my teaching at the workroom with two small businesses, Julie Sinden Handmade and The Love of Colour. The first is my line of boiled wool hats and other accessories, that I have been making for more than 15 years, and which I sell at small boutiques and the One of a Kind Show. The Love of Colour is my newest venture, and draws on my almost 20 years of studying natural dyeing, and more than a decade of teaching it.  It's a small line of my favourite natural dyes, including our very popular beginner natural dye kits. 

I love having the chance to meet such a wide range of people who all share at least one common interest at the workroom. Sharing my love of natural dyeing with the community, and seeing what students create with the things they dye in my classes is such a joy.

Advanced Natural Dyeing
Hand-dyed Yarn
Intro to Fibre Reactive Dyes
Natural Dyeing

September 12, 2019 — Karyn Valino