Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, bark, peels, pits, insects, fungi, lichens and a little spark of madness … all of this constitutes the prima materia of our natural dyes.
Whether we are working with things gathered, cultivated, exchanged or imported, we are always amazed by the mysterious world of colours, each source of which has its own history and process. Ebullition, fermentation, oxidation: all kinds of alchemical transformations occur in our dyeing baths to achieve our natural colours. Some colours are easily repeated, while others are so complex or come from such a happy coincidence that we are constantly reminded of how magical and precious colour is!
(and don’t forget to read the footnotes!)
We do our best to take pictures that represent the true colours of our dyes, but please note that colours may vary under different lights and from a computer or device screen to the other.
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Each dye bath and lot is unique and some natural dyestuffs are seasonal. Consequently, we cannot reproduce our whole palette at any given time, but we make sure to accommodate your needs in accordance with the dyestuff and timeframe available.
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Yarns dyed with indigo or in deep shades like logwood can be prone to crocking. This is caused by unbind dye particles from the process of transforming raw materials like wood chips or finely ground powder. Even with careful filtering, dye residues may still be present in sediment form and colour your soaking water or fingers. This is normal, but it should not desaturate your yarn or bleed onto a lighter colour. If in doubt when working with multiple colours in the same project, please swatch and wet block. Do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns.
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In order to better preserve your naturally dyed knits, make sure to wash them in cold water. Use a pH-neutral wool wash like Eucalan and don’t let your knit soak for too long.
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Check out Ravelry to have a look at what knitters made with our yarns !