Professional Yarn Dyeing at Home
If you're ready to make unique hand-dyed yarn, expert dye instructor Sarah Eyre is here to show you how. Start learning how to craft custom fibers with tips for setting up your dye space, choosing materials and preparing your yarn. Once your supplies are all in place, you'll find out how to create eye-catching solid, semi-solid, variegated and speckled yarns using superwash wool, silk blends and untreated farm wool. Along the way, Sarah will explain dyeing best practices, how to troubleshoot slip-ups, where to find color inspiration and how to start mastering this fun, rewarding technique. By the end of class, you'll be able to safely create vibrant yarns at home.
Sarah Eyre has been working as a dyer for more than 10 years, opening two independent textile and dyeworks companies: The Sanguine Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns. When not experimenting with a new colorway, she enjoys teaching yarn, fiber and silk dyeing, working as an editor at Cooperative Press, and thinking up hand-dyeing recipes for her latest book.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Sarah Eyre, expert dyer and fiber artist. She'll introduce you to the benefits of home dyeing, then help you choose yarns, dyes, and safe, easy-to-use mordants. Next, you'll set up your dye space with tools and supplies you can dedicate to dyeing, and already have on hand.
Learn how to prep your yarn for dyeing, how to create rich solid colors with superwash wool, and how to wash and rinse your dyed fibers.
Working with a wool and silk blend, Sarah will teach you the veil technique for radiant semi-solid colors and share her tips for layering colors for glowing, beautiful results.
Follow along as Sarah teaches you to work with untreated farm wool and a very fun speckled dye technique that's great with this rustic fiber. With Sarah's help, you'll see why letting go of perfection and uniformity is the most satisfying approach to hand dyeing.
Learn to create gorgeous variegated yarns with multiple colors that sing together. You'll see how easy it is to find inspiration all around you and even keep good records of your dye practice.
Finally, Sarah will share some best practices for drying your dyed yarns and twisting them into hanks. She'll also cover proper storing, along with tips for knitting and crocheting with hand-dyed fibers. Then, soak up her ideas for taking the next steps in dyeing to continue exploring this deeply rewarding craft.