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I love COLOR, always have. Puttering around in my dye studio, coming up with new colors and colorways really charges my batteries, and so does going to tradeshows, watching the endless fashion shows of people wearing their own handmade creations, and talking to customers who share their excitement about working with fiber and items they have created with the yarns and fibers I have dyed for them.

I focus on dyeing protein FIBERS including silk and various animal fibers including sheep’s wool, llama and alpaca fiber, angora rabbit fiber, angora goat, and occasionally other luxury fibers. I have chosen to avoid fibers and yarns that include bamboo and other products that have been produced through rayonization or other manufacturing processes that are harmful to the environment.

My DYE PROCESS has been refined over years of…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 22
  • Joined November 7, 2007

Favorite materials

Silk, BFL, Camelid Fibers, Merino, Mohair, Angora

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About

I love COLOR, always have. Puttering around in my dye studio, coming up with new colors and colorways really charges my batteries, and so does going to tradeshows, watching the endless fashion shows of people wearing their own handmade creations, and talking to customers who share their excitement about working with fiber and items they have created with the yarns and fibers I have dyed for them.

I focus on dyeing protein FIBERS including silk and various animal fibers including sheep’s wool, llama and alpaca fiber, angora rabbit fiber, angora goat, and occasionally other luxury fibers. I have chosen to avoid fibers and yarns that include bamboo and other products that have been produced through rayonization or other manufacturing processes that are harmful to the environment.

My DYE PROCESS has been refined over years of experience to include careful placement of the bands of color for avoidance of muddying the brilliant colors I use and placing the fiber and yarn in a long, slow hot bath to ensure bonding of the dyes with the fiber molecules and high washfastness. After dyeing, the fiber cools off slowly and is carefully rinsed so that no felting occurs, resulting in highly spinnable fibers and knittable yarns.

Many of my COLORWAYS can be used together in the same project, so don't be afraid to experiment. Try plying singles of different colorways together to get a unique yarn. Or mitre your knitting to get colors to form blocks. Entrelac is great! Maybe knit or crochet different pieces of your project out of yarn from complementary colorways. Each step opens endless opportunities to go your own way and wind up with a truly unique product. Have fun!

DICENTRA is the genus for the flower Bleeding Heart. The flower has a lovely otherworldly form and is one of the plants I recall seeing in my grandparents’ yard when I was growing up. Both grandparents on my father’s side were professional artists and I like to think my eye for color came from my grandmother, who was legendary for her abilities with color (and was also left handed, like me!). I can’t help finding amusement (and perhaps affinity) with other connotations for the phrase ‘bleeding heart’, as well…

SEE ME on Facebook (Dicentra Designs) or Ravelry (Dicentra) to catch up on Dicentra news. Policies on shipping, returns, and special orders are in the policies section, here in my Etsy shop.

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