Meadowcroft Dyeworks

Pennsylvania, United States · 1344 Sales


Meadowcroft Dyeworks

Pennsylvania, United States 1344 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Dave Burrows

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Dyeing, and working wood

Always interested in making things, I have taught art in public schools, have been a potter since 1977, have worked as an electrician, book store proprietor, and now dyer & fine woodworker. More of my pottery can be seen in his Deviant Art gallery.

I started making yarn by deconstructing thrift store sweaters made from quality fiber, unraveling the knitting, skeining the recovered yarn, washing it thoroughly, overdyeing it in professional acid dyes, washing it again, splitting multiple-plied yarns down to one or two plies with a yarn splitting machine we invented (, re-plying these handpainted yarns with spinners I designed and built, (, winding it on PVC niddy noddies I made, and then soaking it in very hot water to set the twist. While a cashmere, alpaca, merino, or lamb's wool sweater is still hard to resist, most yarns are new made with brand new, undyed millspun yarns.

My signature handmade hardwood bobbins are designed and created to be beautiful to look at, easy to wind, easy to keep tangle free, to feel nice, and to be very light in weight. They are available in a growing variety of hardwoods. They are not endangered species, nor are they harvested in any rainforest. Why not include some with your next purchase of our yarns? There will be no additional shipping fees!

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  • Dave & Will Burrows

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Meadowcroft Dyers are a father and son team of independent dyers, and wood craftsmen. Dave & Will Burrows have been collaborating on projects since Will was around 5, and that was about 25 years ago.

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Last updated on February 1, 2015
Meadowcroft Dyeworks is a father-and-son duo of indie dyers, Dave and Will Burrows. Dave's training is in art education, and he has worked as a potter for much of his adult life. Will has been playing with color since childhood when his dad showed him crayon color wheels on the backs of paper restaurant place mats. He is a graduate student in seminary, where he sometimes knits in class. He also enjoys digital art, painting, and assemblage sculpture. Dave was taught to knit in his early teens by his Welsh grandfather, who learned from his father, after whom Will was named. He has been a knitter ever since and does some remarkable color work. The team works together in collaboration deciding on colorways and experimenting with techniques, and they enjoy the process of dyeing fibers.

The Meadowcroft name is borrowed from an archaeological site in their home county southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With artifacts dating back 16,000 years or more, the Meadowcroft Rockshelter is the earliest evidence of human habitation yet discovered in North America. Dave & Will both love archaeology, having traveled by car from their home near Pittsburgh to points as far south as Palenque in Mexico's southern mountains.

Yarn names often directly point to some aspect about Meadowcroft Rockshelter, while colorway names might be reflective of another archaeological site, a memory, a piece of music, a cultural reference, or a grunge aesthetic, and tend to be impressionist in nature.

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Payment by PayPal at the time of the sale, please.
Yarn & bobbins orders pay one flat fee no matter the size of the order.

Whenever possible, we work to ship your order the same day it is received. If it's listed, it's in stock. We will ship no later than the next day that the post office is open.

We are happy to ship to any address worldwide. Please convo us with your location, and we will quote you a price for shipping as quickly as possible.

All domestic orders, and some international orders ship with a tracking number so that you can track your items in transit. Unfortunately, this still works better in theory than practice because not every postal worker remembers to scan, and apparently, it's not automated at all stops along the way yet. There is also a potential, inconsistent delay between the scan and it's display in tracking.

International orders are sometimes delivered in as few as 5 days, but more typically, delivery is in the range of 9 to 21 calendar days. Delivery to addresses in Italy are notoriously slow. We no longer attempt shipments into Brazil.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item(s) in the condition in which they were received for a full refund within thirty days after you receive your parcel. The buyer is responsible for the cost of return shipping, but if the cause of the return is ours, we'll cover your shipping costs both ways. We just ask that you please write to us first with your reason for the return.
Additional policies and FAQs
Yarns are stored in unsealed zip-lock bags inside of plastic sweater boxes.
Ours is a smoke free, dog friendly home.