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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Our Common Thread Retreat, Part Two

As promised, the rest of my weekend.

The first dyeing workshop was on Friday, and we just played around with liquid and sprinkle dyes. I did three skeins, each one with a base of one liquid dye and layered with three different sprinkle dyes. The first skein is a 50/50 blend of superwash merino and tencel:

The next one is 100% corriedale, which is one of my favorite wools to play with:

Isn't that a fantastic orange? I'm really pleased with it, and oranges are really difficult to dye well. I rounded out the evening with a 75/25 superwash merino-nylon blend:

The Saturday workshop was on snow dyeing. Dyeing with snow is unpredictable, but I always have a lot of fun with it. All three of my skeins came out much more saturated than I expected, but I'm really pleased with the colors that resulted. The first skein was a 60/30/10 superwash merino-bamboo-nylon blend, and it used up the leftover dyes that were in the pan after my wool-nylon blend from Friday was finished, and topped off with a sprinkle dye:

The next two skeins were both 100% corriedale, and each used three different sprinkle dyes:

Both of these were much more intense than I anticipated, but I absolutely love the finished skeins. The dark one is a sort of deep indigo-purple that looks almost black, and it's incredibly difficult to photograph. I'm hoping that it will be easier to capture the color once I knit it up, whenever that is, because it really is gorgeous.


  1. Beautiful! I've never tried dyeing before, so its great to see these pics. Who makes the 100% corriedale base? I love the look of it.

  2. Hi Stef! I don't know where Tara gets her bases, but in her shop it's the "Dainty" base.