This weekend at Tinctoria we have been gathering and dying a skein of New Merino Double Knit wool using Dandelions! After picking, shredding and boiling the dandelions we achieved a very subtle pale yellow. As a contrast we also dyed two skeins using yellow and red onion skins. The results were a fabulous deep golden colour. In the photo you can see the contrast between the undyed wool, dandelion dyed and onion skin dyed wools.
Now my question is should we overdye the lot with Indigo to achieve a series of greens and blues or stick with our lovely yellows? What do you think? Let us know…
At Tinctoria we naturally dye Blue Faced Leicester sock yarn, a great 4ply that creates a lovely hard wearing sock, although 4ply yarn is not just for knitting socks. Beautiful shawls, lightweight hats or gloves can be made with it too.
A basic pair of hand knitted socks can be created from a 100g skein of 4ply sock wool. We personally believe the best basic sock pattern out there at the moment can be found at http://winwickmum.blogspot.co.uk/…/basic-sock-pattern-and-t… where a PDF pattern can be downloaded for free that is supported by step by step guides on the blog.
Some great ideas for Tinctoria 4ply sock yarn:
Grey for the main body of the sock, with toe and heel in yellow.
Yellow, slate and olive stripes.
Wonderfully odd socks by randomly striping every colour available!
Of course, if none of these colours appeal to you, let us know and we will dye a batch just for you! A totally unique, one off colour of your choosing.
5 brand new skeins of Merino Roving Wool (Double Knit) hand dyed with Cochineal and Logwood. The most gorgeous range of purples, pinks and burgundy, with an extra special skein dyed a spectacular mix of black and purple for all you goth knitters out there!
At Tinctoria we hand dye Wool and other Yarns using a range of natural dyes. This results in one of a kind, beautiful hanks of wool that can be used in a variety of projects.
Natural dyes have been used for thousands of years to colour fabric a wide range of bright colourful shades. Each dye will gradually fade over time, so any garment that is made with this wool will change and develop.
We use a wide range of dyes from plants, roots, fruits and nuts. Metals, mushrooms and lichens can also be used to great effect. Colours achieved using natural dyes can change depending on the time of year harvested and the materials being dyed.
If you have a particular project in mind and require a set weight/length of wool in a particular shade, please let us know and we will be glad to dye a batch just for you.