Laminaria Shawl by Feuille

Written by [email protected] on March 31, 2009 in Your Gallery

A perfect pleasure to view in many ways.

Feuille's blog is a delight to browse, its wonderful colours and forms are so pleasant to behold.

Thank you Feuille for sharing this with us

Laminaria Shawl

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Naturally dyeing merino tops with extracts

Written by [email protected] on Feb. 6, 2009 in Natural Dye Extracts

Naturally dyeing merino tops before spinning or felting can be a scary undertaking because of the wonderful ability of merino to felt at the slightest provocation.

After simmering for an hour in the mordant and then once more in the dye liquor, even with the most gentle care the delicate fibres have often felted, which is after all why you bought it in the first place, if you are felter.

Our popular spinners and felters kit, does away with the angst attached to producing your own naturally dyed fibres and leaves you free to abandon yourself to Creative Coloration with ...

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The Sock Yarn Collection is Gathering Pace

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 8, 2009 in Dye House News

Our naturally dyed sock collection is gathering pace with the addition of two new colours Linden and Rosé. You can see our new sock range here. Both are in the Rêve range, a blend of merino, silk, bamboo and nylon.

Rêve Rosé after tying for the woad vat

The yarn is first wound into 100 g hanks. Then it is washed and mordanted with alum. Before it is dry it is shibori tied and then dyed in cochineal. During the dyeing process new ties were added to vary the cochineal colour. On emerging from the dye vat each hank already had its own distinctive colouring. The ties were ...

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Victory Shawl in Designed by Dodile of Aux Dentelles Dodile

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 29, 2008 in Your Gallery

Dodile of Aux Dentelles Dodile has posted a free pattern on Ravelry of her Victory Shawl designed for Tricotin, where you can also find it as a free pattern.

Victory Shawl

Victory Shawl

On Ravelry you can find the pattern in French and English here.

Dodile has designed and knitted the Victory Shawl in Dark Peach (shade 1201) a shade dyed with madder root.

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Harvesting the Madder in the Natural Dye Garden

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 26, 2008 in Natural Dye Plants

After four years of tending and weeding, the time has finally arrived to harvest the first madder root from the dye garden. Due to the wet autumn it has been difficult to judge the right time to harvest, as the foliage is still green and there are new root shoots. However the arrival of my brother-in-law on holiday heralded that the time was ripe, and with his help we harvested the madder patch.

Madder roots

Each day we dug out a few kilos of madder roots and he washed them before drying. As the week went on he perfected a washing method ...

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Naturally dyed mohair / silk yarn

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 19, 2008 in Dye House News

You can see the results of a bit of tricky natural dyeing on the Bergers Cathares web-site. Five naturally dyed shades on a wonderfully soft yarn of mohair spun on a silk central thread.

Here is a picture of the 5 shades before they were packed off to the farm.

Mohair Hanks

The dyeing proved difficult as the mohair is so fine it felts very easily and had to be heated up from cool temperatures to simmer very slowly and carefully, given lots of room in the dye bath, leading to smaller dye lots and moved with extreme care through all the ...

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Naturally dyed sock yarn

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 11, 2008 in Dye House News

In case anyone thought that Renaissance Dyeing was dragging its feet regarding sock yarn, tis not so! It is in the pipe line or should I say in the vats. Here is a sneak preview of the De Nimes shades airing after just coming out of the indigo vat.

Sock Yarn Airing

Our naturally dyed sock collection will feature:

  • Two types of machine washable yarn:
    • A 100% pure merino, tightly spun for strength.
    • A super soft mixture of merino, silk and bamboo with a small percentage of nylon to give strength and durability.
  • Both solid and variegated shades, so people can combine, mix ...

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Weld for Natural Dyeing

Written by [email protected] on May 25, 2008 in Natural Dye Plants

The first weld plants are beginning to ripen. Here is a picture of some hanging up to dry.

Weld Drying

Weld is the plant on the right, the other is flax for linen thread. Flax is growing like a weed in the hay pastures this year, where last year there was none. The shutter by the way is painted with woad.

The weld plant is ready for harvest just before the flower shoot really gets going. Here the buds are still tight and the plant is still relatively compact, if left to grow they would probably have shot another foot or so ...

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Knitting competition update

Written by [email protected] on April 20, 2008 in Lace Knitting

Lots of you have joined the Ravelry Group, but many of you are not members of Ravelry so I have created our very own Yahoo Renaissance Dyeing Knitting Competition Group Just click the link to join.

You do not need to be taking part in the competition to join, you just need to have a lively interest. Perhaps you want to see how people approach these sort of things before you take the plunge next year.

Graphics will be coming soon!

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Renaissance dyeing knitting competition 2008

Written by [email protected] on April 1, 2008 in Lace Knitting

For those of you on Rss Feed this is to let you know that the search is on for the three top Renaissance Dyeing Designers of 2008.

Competition Badge

You will also find: Renaissance Dyeing Design, a group on Ravelry.

There are three categories to go for: lace, non-lace and anything knitted with 5 skeins.

The three winning designers will:

  • Receive a cash prize of $100 or the equivalent in their own currencies.
  • Their designs will be made available as a PDF on the Renaissance Dyeing web-site.
  • They will receive 90% of the revenue from all patterns sold.
  • They will retain their ...

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