Hand dyed yarns-ice dyed-snow dyed-variegated yarns

Massachusetts, United States

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Announcement    As we are moving in April/May 2020, I am running a sale on all current stock. Grab a bargain!

Please stop by and take a look at our current offerings.

I’m also always happy to discuss custom colour wars.


Last updated on 12 Mar, 2020

As we are moving in April/May 2020, I am running a sale on all current stock. Grab a bargain!

Please stop by and take a look at our current offerings.

I’m also always happy to discuss custom colour wars.


Felicity Shields

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About TinyTyrantYarns

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British mama in Massachusetts specialising in hand dyed yarns using snow and ice

Hi, welcome to my little corner of color, fiber and wonder.

I’m Fliss, a British mom of two now living in Massachusetts. I was transplanted to this great state when my husband was transferred for work, which has allowed me to stay home and raise my kids.

I’ve been crocheting for over three years, knitting for one and I have a yarn addiction. I love hand dyed yarn and fibre, and I decided that I wanted to turn my hand to it. I soon had more in my stash than I could ever use so I started planning for my own business.

Over a year later and here I am able to look after my children and work doing something I love.

My daughter, now three, is the Tiny Tyrant of shop fame. She loves rainbows, unicorns, dinosaurs, cars and all things pink and she and her older brother are my inspiration for a lot of the designs I create.

Hand dyeing yarn is my happy place, and where I live now has allowed me to expand my repertoire to incorporate snow and ice dyeing into the mix, and I love the unique colors and variety it produces.

So please, enjoy looking around my store. I hope to be able to provide what you are searching for.

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    Wife, mother of two awesome (if stubborn) kids, Siberian Cat slave and yarn obsessive.

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Last updated on 19 May, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Snow Dyeing – do you really use actual snow?

Yes, as I now live and work in Massachusetts, I decided to take full advantage of the winter weather, as was part of the inspiration to start my shop.

I gather snow from my front and back yards for the process. Every care is taken to use clean snow, but there is sometimes Vegetable Matter (VM) caught in the snow.

Every effort is made to remove this VM during the washing, rinsing and re-skeining process

Custom and personalized orders

I am always happy to take custom orders if possible. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss a custom colorway or hank.

Ice Dyeing – what is it?

I love the uniqueness and unpredictability of snow dyeing and the resulting colorways.

However, it is obviously only possible during the winter months in New England to produce this effect.

I therefore also undertake ice dyeing, using filtered ice outside of the snowy months. The method used is very similar, though the results are very different, but are equally beautiful and unique.

Are your skeins and colorways repeatable?

Any of my snow and ice dye colorways are single run, as due to the nature of the process, it is impossible to produce truly matching skeins.

I do often repeat color ideas and patterns themselves, but no two skeins will ever be truly identical through this process.

Should you wish to purchase similar colorways, do contact me, and I would be happy to discuss what could be possible within the restrictions of my processes.

What other processes do you use to dye skeins?

I also use kettle dyeing and low immersion techniques outside of my weather-dependent dyeing. I also use these processes to lay down base colors for snow and ice dyeing.

I also sometimes produce hand painted hanks, and these will be clearly indicated in my listings as and when they occur.

What should I be aware of when I wash the finished objects or yarn?

Each of my hanks is thoroughly washed and rinsed by hand before being dried, re-skeined and offered for sale.

Every effort is made to ensure that the skeins will not ‘bleed’ on use.

However, please be aware that dye can still rinse (or bleed) out of the yarn or fabric once used.

This is particularly true of the more color-dense skeins.

Simply wash and block in your usual way, but I would advise washing the objects by themselves, or with similar colored fabrics the first few times.

What are your ‘B’ Grade Skeins and why are you selling them?

Sometimes, there are flaws contained within a hank from the spinning process, which can require removal and repair.

As I re-skein each of my hanks by hand, I am usually able to detect these flaws during that process, if they are not found before a hank is dyed.

Any skein with one or two flaws is still capable of being knit, crocheted, or weaved into a beautiful finished object, but not all projects would be advisable.

I am therefore selling these at 20% discount.

Flaws can include (but are not limited to) a re-join, which I will have undertaken using a fisherman’s knot, often pre-trimmed.

Some flaws do not require manual intervention to repair and will not affect the quality of a produced garment, these skeins are not B Grade.

Care instructions

I would always recommend cold handwashing either the yarn or a finished project.

Block in your usual way, and dry flat.

Where yarn contains some Superwash content this will be indicated, but I would recommend always washing as for woolens.

Sizing details

Hanks of yarn are generally 100g in weight, though length varies.

Where possible I indicate the length, in yards, on a per listing basis.

When a hank is other than 100g, this will be clearly indicated in the listing.

What is this new “Summer Snow” method?

Snow dyeing is a very different effect to ice dyeing, however snow isn’t available in summer. I have therefore purchased an electric ice crusher to simulate snow. Initial experimentation has shown that it should successfully simulate dyeing using natural snow.

All hanks dyed in this way will be marked as “summer snow dyed” in their descriptions.

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