Julie Sinden


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, a very small and eclectic, but wonderful 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.

My craft is my day job – I work for myself full time, mainly with my line of hats which is called ‘Julie Sinden Handmade’.  I sell them at the Christmas One of a Kind Show, as well as in a few boutiques and online. While it’s only a winter product, it takes me the better part of each year to make them all!

I love having the chance to meet such a wide range of people who all share at least one common interest at the workroom. It’s so inspiring to see what different results each student gets with the same project.

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