My garden workshop is in rural Sussex. 

I create luscious, coloured yarn in small batches.  I work slowly and carefully;  this process cannot be rushed and is all the better for it.

You can use my sustainable yarn to knit, crochet, weave, locker hook and more. 


I source 100% British wool which has been spun into non-superwash , sustainable yarn and I forage responsibly in the surrounding countryside. Much, but not all of what I place in the dye vats is from my garden. Weeds and often kitchen waste is given by friends in exchange for tea, cake and a chat. Dyeing requires considering the seasons.  I only harvest plants if there is enough to yield the shade of colour that I envisage. Harvesting a plant that is in its prime is imperative.

The process, (boiling in water) is deceivingly simple and the extricated colour is often surprising; almost magical.


An aid to this process, which I use, is the mordant aluminium sulphate. It allows the colour to adhere to the wool. Some plants contain tannin which negates the need for a mordant.


Lorraine Paton, dyer, previously a teacher, happiest creating and nurturing other creators. In spare time I teach and demonstrate hand spinning locally and support “Campaign for Wool”.

Who have influenced me and who is Daughter?  My maternal grandmother was an advocate of ‘make do and mend’, and was simply inspirational. My paternal grandfather named his businesses …………… & Sons despite having 4 daughters who worked for him. This was perfectly fine in his time. I am redressing the balance. My own daughter knits but she has ‘other fish to fry’, (see Scribbling in the Kitchen, blog)

Yarn Character

Naturally dyed yarn is not fast. Its colour will change over time. It mellows. IMPORTANT: The colour of hand dyed yarn varies between and within skeins.

Even sheep, out in all weathers change colour! Black lambs, by the time they are shorn are often dark brown in colour. Brown sheep may develop deep red tones with sandy coloured tips on their fleeces. These colour changes are caused by the sun and are evident when I hand spin local fleece.

Wool is natural, sustainable, warm, breathable, comfortable, versatile, naturally fire retardant, bio-degradeable, long lasting, carbon efficient and non-allergenic.

see www.campaignforwool.org

Yarn Care

100% woollen yarn should be hand washed gently in hand warm water and gentle wool soap. Garments can be spun inside a pillowcase on a slow spin or rolled in a towel to remove most of the rinsing water then left to dry flat, away from direct heat and out of the sun.


Make, Mend, Refashion, all possible with with my Yarn.

I use paper packaging.

If you have any questions please contact me at sales@patonanddaughter.co.uk

Any returns should reach me unused and in the original packaging within 14 days of receipt.