FAQ – Ask Pam

Q: Do you use Natural Dyes?

A: No, not for the yarns and fibres currently for sale. I enjoy experimenting and using natural dyes from time to time, but so far just for interest, and more as a hobby.

Q: What Kind of dyes do you use?

A: The dyes I use are permanent, non-toxic synthetic dyes, and along with other chemicals required in the process, are used responsibly to have minimum impact on the environment.

Q: Why is there no meterage/yardage given on your labels?

A: Sorry, there is no figure given as my yarn winding equipment is not sophisticated enough to give a consistent and accurate measurement.

For guidance only, I try to give the meterage/yardage amounts of the base yarn before dyeing. An allowance of around 20% is suggested to take into account shrinkage after dyeing.

Q: Where can I find your products in orkney?
  • Orkney Tweed, Kirkwall
  • The Quernstone, Knitwear Shop, Stromness
  • Castaway Crafts, Dounby
  • For Arts Sake,25 Bridge Street, Kirkwall

Also, visitors are  welcome to come along and see what there is in stock here at the Dye Shed.

We are open Tuesday – Friday from 2-4pm during April – September, or by prior arrangement.

The best way to find us is by taking the main Kirkwall/Stromness road (A965). If coming from Kirkwall turn left at the Houton turn-off,just before the Brig of Waithe.  If coming from Stromness turn right at the Houton turn off,just after the Brig of Waithe.  After about 2.5 miles turn right at the sign for the Button-Ben guest house, This takes you down the Button Road and keep going until you are down past the S bend.  Look out for the sign to the Dye Shed, showing a right turn just after the house on the right hand side.

Please note we are not the guest house!


If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our contact details can be found on the Contact Us page.