GSheller

Ginny & Jonny

1209 Sales

GSheller

Ginny & Jonny

1209 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(360)

Announcement   {Thank you for all of your orders last year! We are taking a little break, and will be back in February.} We are Ginny and Jonny, parents to eight children living on a little homestead in Virginia. Ginny dyes (mostly) U.S. sourced yarn with natural dyes, many with flowers and plants she gathers on and around our home. She also sometimes makes religious stitch markers, goats milk soap using goat milk from her family's little herd, and has recently been dyeing playsilks with natural dyes. Jonny is a meticulous woodworker and creates beautiful shawl pins along with other pieces using wood he mills himself. Please see our about page for more information about Ginny's dyeing process. You can follow her blog at www.gsheller.com, or follow @ginnysheller on Instagram for shop update news!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 1, 2017

{Thank you for all of your orders last year! We are taking a little break, and will be back in February.} We are Ginny and Jonny, parents to eight children living on a little homestead in Virginia. Ginny dyes (mostly) U.S. sourced yarn with natural dyes, many with flowers and plants she gathers on and around our home. She also sometimes makes religious stitch markers, goats milk soap using goat milk from her family's little herd, and has recently been dyeing playsilks with natural dyes. Jonny is a meticulous woodworker and creates beautiful shawl pins along with other pieces using wood he mills himself. Please see our about page for more information about Ginny's dyeing process. You can follow her blog at www.gsheller.com, or follow @ginnysheller on Instagram for shop update news!

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5 out of 5 stars
(360)
andruss2

andruss2 on Jan 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully dyed playsilk. There are lovely variations in the color, which makes it perfect for pretending that it is a winding river!

andruss2

andruss2 on Jan 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Started knitting (with the lightest skein) last night. No knots. There are some tiny nubs in the yarn, which brings a humble homespun feel/look to stocking stitch. The graded colors are beautifully dyed and coordinated. Very pleased with the yarns, and eager to see how my shawl turns out!

Rapunzelimturm

Rapunzelimturm on Jan 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

beautiful yarn with a slightly rustic feel. I am happy with it!

Rapunzelimturm

Rapunzelimturm on Jan 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous, well made and lovely packed!

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About

Naturally Dyed Yarns

Hi, my name is Ginny. I have seven children and live on a little homestead in Virginia. I love to knit and lately I've been dyeing yarn with plants that I harvest on and around our property.
So much goes into this process! I am very meticulous, and each skein has been dyed with careful attention to details. The yarns I selected to dye with are from a combination of sources, some commercially produced, others milled in Virginia by folks I have met and admired. I prepare the yarns for dyeing based on the plants I will dye them with. I gather my dye materials by hand (and sometimes with the help of many small hands) on our property or nearby and then extract the dyes, typically on my kitchen stove, but sometimes using only solar energy. After straining the plant materials from the dyes I am ready to dye my skeins. After they are dyed, I hang them to dry for awhile, allowing the dyes to settle in before beginning the process of rinsing and washing them by hand. All skeins are given a final soak in Eucalan, a wonderful pH neutral wool wash. After washing, my skeins return to the drying rack and once they are fully dry, I reskein them by hand using my table-top swift to ensure that there are no tangles in the yarn. The process is lengthy, but it is teaching me patience and it is very satisfying to see my finished skeins, each pretty and unique. I am offering for sale those skeins that I believe are beautiful, those that I would knit with myself.
With a few exceptions, I always dye in batches of at least two skeins, and I encourage you to buy all you would need for your project at once because I cannot exactly reproduce any of these skeins. These are seasonal yarns: the flowers and berries that I used to dye them with are only available for a window of time. Available colors naturally change with the seasons.
Plant dyes can be very colorfast, some more so than others. The skeins I have dyed myself or purchased from other dyers using natural dyes over the years haven’t faded, but there are no guarantees, which only lends to the appeal of naturally dyed yarns, in my opinion. I think the best way to preserve your yarns and the objects you create with them is to store them away from direct sunlight, and when washing, always use a gentle pH neutral wool wash.

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Last updated on October 5, 2016
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I usually ship via USPS, first class mail with insurance included. When it makes sense, I upgrade to priority. I will ship to your Etsy shipping address.
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If you are unhappy with your yarn, I will take it back as long as it is in its original condition and is in its original packaging and hasn't been exposed to smoke. You will be refunded the cost of the yarn less shipping.