Dyeing for Colour - a chat with Marcia King

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

Marcia King is a multitalented maker, whose skills extend to rug hooking, dyeing, knitting, embroidery, crochet, leatherwork, patchwork and quilting, to name a few. Marcia has even dabbled in shoemaking! We're thrilled to have such an accomplished maker in our midst.

This April, Marcia will be running a two-day dyeing workshop at Opendrawer, and we're just a little bit excited about it (we're already day-dreaming about all the colours we want to create)! We recently had a chat to Marcia to find out more about how she got started with dyeing, and what students can expect from her upcoming class.

Q. Hi Marcia! You practice lots of different crafts and techniques. What do you love about working with crafts and textiles?

It’s hard to put into words. It’s the sense of fulfilment. The rhythm of making. The satisfaction of making something and knowing that you are the one who created it.  I also love learning new techniques and their processes. 

Skiens of hand-dyed yarn
Photo credit: Marcia King

Q. How did you get started dyeing your own fabrics and fibres?

I have been dyeing my own fabric and fibres for over 15 years now.  I am mostly self taught, through books. I would read, then experiment with the different techniques and methods I had read about.

Q. What do you love most about dyeing?

I think the thing I like most about dyeing my own materials is the wonderful colours that you can achieve.

Hand-dyed yarns by Marcia King in violets, greens and blues.
Photo credit: Marcia King

Q. What are you favourite colours to play with?

I think the Primary colours. With these 3 colours, you can create a fabulous range.

Q. What are your favourite materials to work with?

Wool is my favourite material to work with.  It seems to be the my main material I use in most of my textile/craft projects. 

Q. What would people be surprised to learn about the dyeing process?

I think people will be surprised by all the different methods that you can use and the varied looks you can achieve.

Q. What can students expect from your dyeing class?

I hope they will learn different dyeing methods and techniques, have a fun day experimenting with dyes, and take home some “scrumpish” fabric and fibres!

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us Marcia! Marcia has two dyeing workshops coming up: Elements of Dyeing - Cellulose on November 9, and Elements of Dyeing - Protein on November 10. Visit our Workshops page to find out more and book now: