Natural Dyeing Resources

I’ve been thinking about adding resources by type to the site.

Print Resources

Buchanan, R. (1995). A dyer’s garden . Loveland, Colorado: Interweave Press.



Some benefits to mini combs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog Posts, Master Spinner Level 1, Product Reviews | 0 comments

  This week, I received a set of single pitch Louet mini combs. I had been holding off on buying a set, thinking that the wee little combs probably weren’t terribly useful. They’re too small, too fragile. What could I do with them? Then I started spinning off of my single pitch combs. They were too big, too heavy. It was hard for me to hold the comb for any long length of time, so I gave in. I was wrong. Really, I was so, so wrong. The Louet Mini-Combs are small, light, and perfect for shorter fibers and spinning off the comb....

read more

Spinzilla is coming

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog Posts, Fibery Events | 0 comments

TNNA’s Spinzilla event is coming. What’s Spinzilla? It’s not a giant spinning lizard. No, instead Spinzilla is a global event where teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn in a week! Spinners can sign up for a team based on proximity to a store or an affinity with a certain brand or go it alone and spin Rogue. Team Spinner registration is open August through September 22. Rogue spinners have until October 3rd to sign up. Sign up for Spinzilla here if you want to join a team,...

read more

Dear Perendale – Letter the Second

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Blog Posts, Master Spinner, Master Spinner Level 1 | 0 comments

Dear Perendale, I thought that we were friends. I thought that you would cooperate, be shiny, be bouncy, be a happy wool for me, but that just wasn’t meant to be. I washed another ounce of your shiny locks, waited ever so patiently for them to dry, then I started making rolags. The length of the fibers should have been my first clue that you were not going to cooperate. Once I had carded your luxe fibers, I still harbored a dream that you would spin like a dream for me. Alas, perfect yarn was not meant to be. Despite the fact that  your...

read more

Dear Perendale – Letter The First

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Dear Perendale, When I met you, you were grungy and yellowed. Your locks were jumbled, and you had a lot of short bits, but I knew you were a long wool type of sheep, so I hunted for the longest of your fibers. Perendale, magic happened when I washed your locks. What once was filthy and yellow and gritty with dirt, became silky and soft. Your fiber was actually a shiny white, soft to the touch and as long as my hand. I was inspired to comb your wool using single pitch Viking combs. I spun your smooth worsted singles right off the comb, and I...

read more

A letter to a sheep: CVM

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

Dear CVM, I can't quit you!

read more

Washing wool, lock by lock

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Blog Posts, Product Reviews, Resources, Tips and Tricks | 2 comments

My Mojo Sock is in time out, so I started a new sock out of Opal Wildflowers. It’s not very interesting to look at yet, as it’s just a plain sock. Instead of showing you a picture of a plain sock foot, I’m going to tell you about my exciting mail. This week I received a box from The Spinning Loft. The Loft is known for their selection of raw fleeces. The variety that Allison stocks is impressive, even including a new shipment of British breeds, imported from their homelands. When the box arrived, I dug under the bags of fiber...

read more

Duckworth Wool

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Blog Posts, Resources, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Men’s Journal did a very nice article about Duckworth Wool. Duckworth is a new outdoor clothing company out of Bozeman, Montana, is concisely told on their tagless label: “Grown-Spun-Knit-Sewn — Made in USA.”1 Duckworth is using “Helle Rambouillet Merino”wool. This seems to be a cross between a Rambouillet and a Merino being grown by Helle Farms. The Helle family, a third generation sheep farm in Dillon Montana, specialize in range lambing Rambouillet sheep. They seem to be selectively breeding for both meat...

read more

Oh no! A setback and decision making

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

  This week has been a series of setbacks and experiments. My sock is in time out, my spinning is back, but brings with it a set of decisions that need to be made. What to do? I’ve had a setback on my Mojo sock. Yesterday I found two dropped stitches. I’m not sure how they happened. I was able to fix one, in a most inelegant way, but the second one, combined with heel issues has this sock in time out. Do I frog it? Do I try to fix it? I have to make a decision.    But wait, I have still more decisions to make this...

read more

Socks and Spinning and Fleeces OH MY!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A quick list, while I have 30 seconds to post: 1) My friend Beth Smith’s new book is out!!! You can pick one up at The Spinning Loft (I just ordered mine this morning). 2) I am highly suggestible, so I also bought The Field guide to Fleece, and a Fleece Sampler. Or maybe it is because it is summer, which is prime time to wash fleeces. Or maybe it’s because I’m crazy. One of those. 3) I’m still chugging along on my Mojo Socks. I finished the first one, and I’m at the part where I start putting in a gusset on the...

read more

Well this is nifty

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Blog Posts, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Well this is nifty

The last time I was in my LYS (The Village Knitter in Babylon), I picked up a really useful tool: a Needle Keeper for circular needles! Mine is silver, but they come in a variety of colors It works wonders at keeping my sharp Chiaogoo size 1s from poking holes in my project bag (or through my purse). I only wish I had one of these when I was dragging my Pi shawl around. I wouldn’t have ended up with a zillion dropped stitches! In other news, Shannon Okey, Mad Scientist at Cooperative Press and all around good person, is trying...

read more