and these yarns.
Be warned, they are very fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-kind of dyeing…but with peace, love, comfort, and joy.
For those of you who are chomping at the bit for a project to work on, while I swelter through the dog dayz of summer, here’s one for you.
Each skein of yarn is hand-dyed.
As a result of the hand-painting process, each skein is slightly different even when they laid next to each other on the dye table.
Hand dyeing yarn is an art not an exact science.
So charm is to be found in slightly different skeins and dye jobs.
People who demand perfection in hand-dyed yarn and complain when a colorway is slightly off or different should instead go buy commercial yarn with dye lots. Me, I love spoiling myself with some squishy purewool!!!!!
They turned out just as I planned them! The dyes took up nearly instantly or long before the yarn got to the oven roaster! Not something that happens very often, lol.
Doesn’t all that work make you appreciate our fore mothers even more who HAD to collect all the fuss and mess of walnuts, lichens, mushrooms, rose petals, marigolds…
At least now we get to choose it as a craft.
Since I ran out of playtime, I am contemplating to boil a few handfuls of marigold flowers and maybe some frozen mixed berries to natural-dye more wool for one of the 18 swirls…tomorrow? Or next Friday again at Pam’s, trying a new way to space-dye as Bunny has done here.
If you are in town next Friday, stop by at Pam’s ranch shop from 10 to 2 and join us for a dye-along. I promise…you’ll have a time of your life
Have you done natural dyes over wool? What did you use? How was the outcome? What are your dream dye you’d love to try?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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