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How to dye yarn with Black-eyed Susans

For a while now I’ve been aware that Black-eyed Susan flowers can be used for natural dyeing, and they’re specifically used to achieve a pale or sage green. But I admit, I’ve been skeptical. Green is a difficult color to dye on it’s own, and past attempts on my...

How to overdye a piece of clothing: tips for success

Sometimes, we end up owning a piece of clothing that we like the fit of, but we’re not happy with the color. Or, perhaps it’s something that’s hard to match in an outfit. With some inexpensive materials you can overdye fabrics in natural materials (wool, silk, linen, and cotton)...

Knitwear Design: why, and how, I develop my own patterns

In the past few years, I’ve noticed that I began modifying the patterns I was knitting more and more. Then I wrote out a pattern from scratch because I couldn’t find one that fit my needs at the time. Though I still consider myself a novice designer (I’ve had...

Inner Harbor pattern, Maryland Sheep & Wool preview 2019

As preparations for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival continue here at GHC headquarters, we reveal a few more items that we’ve been working on behind the scenes, including project bags and Sarah’s latest knitwear design. The Inner Harbor shawl pattern was inspired by the saturated tones of Neighborhood...

Colorful Handspun Yarn: Creativity born from constraints

Sometimes, a new design or product will capture your attention and imagination to the point of obsession. This is what happened with me and the Nightshift shawl by Andrea Mowry. The combination of colors and the visual texture she created are mesmerizing, and the effect didn’t wear off after...

Art Yarn Spinning – First Time with Multiple Techniques

In my latest spinning session I decided to try my hand at an art yarn skein. It’s not a style, that I’ve had any experience with, and I would say the end product is also well out of my usual comfort zone. But, inspired by a spinning class I...

Sewing a Skirt & Sash – A Project for a Special Night

If you’ve been reading the blog or following on our YouTube channel for a while, you’ll know that I don’t talk about sewing much. That’s because I don’t sew much, or at least haven’t in a long time. This year I’m hoping that will change. I believe everyone should...

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