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Notes from the Dyepots #7

This week I’ve been dyeing some gorgeous Wensleydale fibre.  Like Bluefaced Leicester, Teeswater and Lincoln wool, Wensleydale is a very lustrous fibre.  It takes the dye really well, giving some lovely deep shades shown off to great effect by the lustre, or shine.  Wensleydale doesn’t felt well making it a great fibre for socks or other items that need to be hard wearing.

Magenta Wensleydale fibre naturally hand dyed


Aqua Wensleydale fibre naturally hand dyed


Onion Skin Wensleydale fibre naturally hand dyed

Onion Skin

Notes from the dye pots #6

Fresh out the dye pots this week, a new yarn base to introduce.  Tyan Lace (I’m naming all my yarn bases for the sheep counting system Yan, Tyan, Tethera etc) is an 80% British Bluefaced Leicester and 20% Silk 2ply lace weight yarn.  It’s beautifully soft and the silk gives it a wonderful shine, perfect for a lace shawl to keep your neck warm.  Here’s the first three colours in Tyan Lace – Sea Green, Plumlicious and Rose.

British Bluefaced Leicester and silk 2ply lace wool, hand dyed with natural dye