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Helen Deighan

Weaver | Spinner | Dyer | Author | Teacher

Author of 'Dyeing in Plastic Bags', Helen uses her passion for colour to create unique pieces in her spacious Grayshott studio where she also runs workshops for small groups.


An experienced tutor, she's taught in Europe, Australia and the USA.

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Handwoven Textiles





Beautiful tea towels and napkins, bracelets, scarves & shawls


Books & Materials


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Dye One Knit One

Textile Coil Pots & Baskets

Magic Dyeing Made Easy

Dyeing in Plastic Bags


Everything you need to get started on dyeing, making some pots or having a go at braiding

Talks & Workshops
Books & Materials

Talks & Workshops


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Basic Weaving

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Kumihimo Braiding

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Yarn Dyeing

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Yarn Spinning


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For events or groups

Please contact me for workshop dates and to enquire about my availability for talks

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My Textile Life

Basket Braids
Woven Bkues

"From ‘Dyeing in a Plastic Bag’ to weaving exquisite textiles, Helen’s life has always been full of colour."

I studied textiles in the early sixties at teacher training college and taught for many years finally as head of Textiles at Treloar College in Alton.

Through the eighties patchwork was the thing and this was when I began exploring dyeing my own fabrics.

Always having a love of colour this gave me the opportunity to produce unique wall hangings.

In 2000, having finally retired from teaching in schools, I opened my studio in Grayshott and began writing my first book. ‘Dyeing in Plastic Bags’

Other books soon followed and, because of their popularity,  I travelled to Europe and America as well as all over the UK teaching and lecturing.

In about 2007 having visited my son in Australia I was led, rather reluctantly I have to say, into the wonderful world of spinning and weaving.


Wow! I couldn’t believe how much I loved weaving, it was as though at last I had found my medium. After a few years trying to fit in my new passion around teaching and talks I Decided to give everything up and just stay in my studio and weave - what joy!


I have now returned to some teaching, which I love and eventually missed. I just enjoy sharing my passion and hopefully inspiring other people to follow their own rainbows. 

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