Getting started with dyeing yarn: lessons learned.

Sarah talks about natural dye.
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When I first started to learn about natural dyeing, I was befuddled by a lot of vague information I found on the internet. Experiments on my own yielded very mixed results.

After taking a class with Rebecca Burgess, I understood that there are tried-and-true techniques for getting consistent results. With lessons fresh in our minds, my mother and I were able to dye several batches with striking color, some from materials we harvested on the farm.

Along the way, I also started to appreciate the lure of commercial dyes, with their fast-setting pigments and repeatable results. But I also knew that many, if not most brands, contain heavy metals and other toxic substances, so I was hesitant to invest a lot of money in these types of supplies.

Then, a couple of years ago at a fiber festival, I learned about Greener Shades, a commercial brand of dye that can be used in certified organic products. After using it for a couple of years now, I can recommend it as a quick and easy way to dye yarn at home.

Other resources mentioned in the video:

Rebecca Burges and Fibershed

Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes, by Rebecca Burgess
The Modern Natural Dyer, by Kristine Vejar
A Garden to Dye For, by Chris McLaughlin

Botanical Colors
Dharma Trading Co.
Griffin Dyeworks & Fiber Arts
Greener Shades Dyes (Still River)

Published by Rick Scully

Rick is a craft brewer, shepherd, gardener, photographer, writer, tech nerd, web developer, and all around good guy.