How should I care for my items?
Many dyes are sensitive to pH changes. This can be fun to play with in dyeing but can cause unwanted changes if you aren’t careful. Wash by hand using a pH neutral detergent such as Dawn (regular, unscented)
What types of dyes do you use?
I use traditional dyes which are known for their light, color, and wash fastness. This includes dyes such as weld, myrobalan, madder, cutch, and indigo.
Although I enjoy experimenting with many sources in my personal work, many can be fugitive. I do not use fugitive dye sources when dyeing for the store.
Will you be expanding your color offering?
I am starting with a mix of weights and colors. Based on interest, I will expand color ranges within a yarn weight. Please contact me if there is a specific color you are looking for. Custom orders are welcome.
Why am I getting rub-off with Indigo?
Indigo forms a physical bond with the fiber. It sits on top of the fiber instead of forming a chemical bond with the fiber as other dyes do. Due to this some rub off is normal. Think of faded blue jeans.
While knitting with indigo yarns, you can expect to have some blue on your hands. It can easily be removed with soap and water. You’ll want to be careful using any type of wooden needles as the indigo can stain the needles.
Why are there variations within and across skeins?
Variations are expected as part of the process of hand dyeing. All yarns of a single ordered color were dyed together. It is recommended that you switch between skeins when working on a larger project, like a sweater. This will make color shifts more subtle.
Do you take custom orders?
I am happy to accept custom orders and work with you on colors. Please understand though that I am a small business and depending on what bases and dyes I have available, extra time may be required in order to source materials.
Who do you source your materials from?
I plan to do a blog post with additional details on sourcing. The following are the companies I am currently sourcing from:
Base Yarns – Mountain Meadows - https://mountainmeadowwool.com/
Hemp / Cotton Fabrics – Hemp Traders - https://www.hemptraders.com/
Dyes – Botanical Colors - https://botanicalcolors.com/
Maiwa - https://maiwa.com/
Knot Bag Pattern - Indigo Bird - https://www.indigobird.ca/
What does the Yarn Code on the label mean?
I am including the base dye recipe. This includes the dye percentage for each dye used followed by the base color of the yarn. This will help duplicate color if you need more and I am out of stock. It will also allow you to try to replicate the color. There are so many factors that impact the color but the dye recipe is a start.
There is a blog post explaining this available.
Do you offer classes?
Due to launching during COVID, it is difficult to offer in-person classes. I will offer classes options once we get through this period.
Do you offer wholesale pricing?
I originally planned on offering wholesale pricing but after discussions with several people, I have decided to change my pricing structure. I originally posted prices based on pricing requirements to allow for wholesale purchasing. I have since decided that I will discontinue pursuing wholesale distribution at this time. A great benefit to this is that I can offer much better pricing to the customer directly.
Natural dyeing itself is more costly from a material and time perspective. The steps involved include souring, applying mordant, dyeing, washing, and finishing. Dye sourcing is also important to me as I want to ensure I am purchasing from suppliers who work directly with suppliers in an equitable fashion.