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Almost 20 years after getting my herbalist diploma, I am still endlessly fascinated by the properties of plants. I never tire of spinning up plant fibers such as flax and jute, but now I've found a new angle: natural dyeing.

Hats off to dyers! I've discovered that it is quite tricky and definitely more of an art than a craft! But my first foray into dyeing with plant stuff - Khaki Rose - was satisfactory: the colors came out in lovely, mild ways that I wouldn't be able to create by carding together pre-dyed fleeces. This is just a smallish skein, and I wouldn't be able to reproduce more skeins to match, but it is unique and would make a nice accent yarn or scarf fringe.

This thick & thin style yarn is made from Corriedale fleece, a crossbreed of Merino and Lincoln sheep. The colors come from "cutch," a tropical dye produced by boiling mangrove tree bark, and "lac" which is a resin secreted by the "lac" insect (Laccifer lacca) of southeast Asia. Oops, just realized lac isn't actually a plant dye! But it is naturally occuring :-) The photos are fairly accurate, but I'll clarify by adding that they are a greyish khaki with a purplish red.

A 95 gram (3.3 ounce) single ply skein, approximately 54 yards long, spun in a pet and smoke free environment. Yarn Weight = 6 to 7 wraps per inch on average (Bulky/Chunky). This is a one of a kind skein that cannot be spun in greater quantities.

Khaki Rose Hand Dyed Handspun Yarn


  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: Corriedale fleece, purple and red lac natural dye, cutch waste natural dye
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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