Indie hand dyed & painted yarns, project baskets & more

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Indie hand dyed & painted yarns, project baskets & more

Rio Rancho, New Mexico | 699 Sales

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Note from shop owner Thank you for visiting Dye Monkey Yarns. My etsy shop will be closed for the foreseeable future in lieu of a private site. Consider visiting my other venue.
Thank you,

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 1, 2019

Thank you for visiting Dye Monkey Yarns. My etsy shop will be closed for the foreseeable future in lieu of a private site. Consider visiting my other venue.
Thank you,

Jessica L'Heureux

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About DyeMonkeyYarns

Sales 699
On Etsy since 2006

Curiosity and Dyer Consequences

In which I tell you a little bit about how this began...

I've always been fascinated by hand dyed and hand painted yarns. I remember feeling like a kid in a candy store the first time I walked into an actual yarn store (not a craft store, but an actual fiber retailer) and discovered all the gorgeous yarns. I didn't know much about knitting back then, but I knew I was in love, and I knew I wanted to work with these jewels. Consequently, I bought a lot of cheap, mass production yarn and "got my needle on". I focused on skill development and worked my courage up to attempting projects with these masterpieces.

Once I understood more about both knitting and yarns, and had done a few projects with "the fancy stuff," I was introduced to the existence of the independent dyers. Somehow it didn't occur to me that yarn could come from anywhere other than some mass factory. I quickly became aware of the distinct differences between mass produced "hand painted" yarns and indie produced hand painted yarns. The really beautiful yarns varied from skein to skein - each a work of art into themselves. These were made with love, and I wanted to draw attention to these artists. I began a series of blog interviews I called Dyer Moments.

Ever since I did my very first blog interview with indie dyer Shannon Shaw back in December 2011, I've wanted to become an indie-dyer myself and offer my own line of colors. Shannon (with whom I've become fast friends, and from whom I've bought an amazing amount of yardage) and the subsequent population of dyers I interviewed were such inspiring individuals, so full of amazing creativity and passion, that I immediately felt at home with them and the idea of doing this myself.

I spent a lot of time experimenting and studying various techniques and materials. I discovered that one of my favorite techniques was dye-breaking, in which you actively do everything wrong so that the elements of the dyes that were blended to make a dye the color you were sold separate back into their parts and leave a fireworks display of color on your yarn, rather than the blended, packaged tone. I played with this technique extensively and even taught a "Breaking Bad / Breaking Good" yarn dyeing class here in Albuquerque. I loved teaching these classes; they were always fun and students left with their own beautiful creations and a sense of pride that they made it themselves.

And still, I didn't start my own company. Partly because I doubt myself, and partly out of respect and fear that I'd encroach on the businesses of my friends. Oddly enough, they had no fear of this.

Shannon who owns Supernatural Yarns has been one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. She helped me realize that this is ART and that every indie dyer has their own style, taste, ideas, and techniques. We an all work with the exact same materials and tools and end up with completely different products.

And consequently, I'm trying my hand at being an indie dyer. I hope you'll join me in this journey. Ask me questions, make comments, or simply sit back and enjoy.

Shop members

  • Jessica L'Heureux

    Owner, Creator

    I enjoy creating knitting patterns and dyeing yarn from my home in New Mexico. More information can be found on my website at www.dyemonkeyyarns.com or on my podcast at https://www.youtube.com/c/JessicaLHeureux

Production partners

  • A print shop

    Boulder, CO

    This is a printing company that printed my design.

Shop policies

Last updated on August 29, 2018
Dye Monkey Yarns is dedicated to providing high quality hand painted and kettle dyed yarns in unique colorways. I believe yarn should be a pleasure to both the hand and eye. Please message me if you have color concerns. I will match it to the closest CMYK/RGB/HEX color match for you to compare to at home on your personal color wheel/color tool at your request.

If you require your yarn be wound/caked, please include a message with your order. I provide winding at no additional charge upon request.

I'm more than happy to work with you to create a custom order. If you have a color in mind you'd like developed, or you see a colorway you'd like dyed to a different base, or you're simply looking for a larger quantity for a specific project, please don't hesitate to contact me. It will be my pleasure to work with you.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If you find anything unsatisfactory about my product, I'll happily offer an exchange. Buyer pays return shipping. Please contact me within 14 days of receipt of your product. Yarn must be in original delivered un-used condition.
Dye Monkey Yarns accepts Etsy direct checkout. GRT is collected for orders delivering to New Mexico, US. Duties and Customs Fees are the responsibility of the buyer.
I pride myself on delivering your order as quickly as possible and generally ship within 24-48 hours of your completed purchase. I offer International shipping, with a variety of USPS shipping options to choose from.
Additional policies and FAQs
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I'll be dyeing your yarn on the following bases:


Waltz Monkey - 80% Superfine Merino/ 20% Silk 100g/875 yards
Soft, light, and blocks beautifully. Has a slight halo.


HipHop Monkey - 100% Superwash Merino 100g/400yards
Soft, elastic and durable; a gorgeous sock yarn. Equally beautiful for shawls.

Tap Monkey - 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon 100g/463 yards
Soft, elastic and slightly more durable; another gorgeous sock yarn.

Jig Monkey - 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon 20g/93 yards
Mini Skein - same as Tap Monkey, but smaller ;)

Disco Monkey - 75% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon/ 5% Silver Stellina 100g/438 yards
Soft, elastic, slightly more durable and sparkly! Perfect for fancy socks or special shawls.

Twist Monkey - 70% Superwash Merino/30% Silk 100g/438 yards
This is a high-twist single with a gorgeous sheen and light halo.
Very fancy - the perfect choice for formal wear, heirlooms, weddings, etc.

Samba Monkey - 100% Superwash Merino 100g/400 yards
This is a high-twist single - soft and supple with a lovely hand. Perfect for shawls.

Flamenco Monkey - 70% Superwash Merino/20% Silk/10% Cashmere 100g/437 yards
Warm with a luxurious hand.


Boogie-Woogie Monkey - 100% Superwash Fine Merino 115g/250 yards 4ply
"Favorite tee-shirt" luxuriously soft, warm and durable. Really a beautiful sweater yarn. Hand wash, air dry.


Salsa Monkey - 100% Merino 100g/218 yards
Soft, durable and felt-able. Perfect for just about anything - this one is a straight up work horse with pleasurable hand.

SW Salsa Monkey - 100% Superwash Merino 100g/218 yards
Soft, durable and felt-able. Perfect for just about anything - this one is a straight up work horse with pleasurable hand - and tolerates delicate machine washing!