Handpainting with Natural Dyes

Yarn painting is one of the easiest ways to put natural colour on yarn. The colour choices are endless and the way that colour moves through the skein is fascinating and beautiful to our eye. Learn to handpaint yarns and fibres with natural dyes.

Kathy Hattori · May 18, 2021
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Learn to handpaint yarns and fibres using natural dyes! Yarn painting is one of the easiest ways to put natural colour on yarn – the colour choices are endless and the way that colour moves through the skein is fascinating and beautiful to our eye. It is also a low-water method, using only a steamer or air curing to set the colours and minimize rinsing.

This workshop was originally taught as a live 1-hour Zoom session with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors, with the presentation replay now available.

Please share your projects with us; we’ll be chatting over at the SOS Community Forums, plus tag your Instagram photos with #schoolofsweetgeorgia or #sosnaturaldyeing!

Dyeing with fresh indigo leaves is such a fun and easy way of getting started with natural dyeing. Indigo has been used for thousands of years by cultures around the world, and we`re happy to share the beauty of creating colour with these leaves at our new Fresh Indigo Leaf Dyeing course taught by Caitlin ffrench @ffrench! Learn the magic of creating beautiful hues using both the salt rub method and ice dyeing method.⁠

Learn more at the course page – direct link in bio » ⁠

We absolutely can`t wait to see what you create as you work your way through this course. Please share with us your progress and any questions in the SOS community forums. Enjoy exploring all the fabulous indigo hues!⁠

#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #schoolofsweetgeorgia #caitlinffrench #indigo #freshindigo #saltrub #icedyeing #freshindigoworkshop

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Is your mini-skein stash growing? Taking place this September, join in the the fun chat thread in the SOS community forums about our casual make-along, the Great Mini Skein Stash Down, where we`ll knit, weave, crochet, punch needle, tapestry etc. with mini-skeins accumulated from the SOS dyeing study groups and courses. ⁠

Whatever you want to make is fine! This is an unofficial make-along so no hashtags, deadlines, prizes nor rules. Simply an encouraging space to use some of the supplies you have unused (or left over); everyone loves a good mini-skein/scrap busting project! If you know of a good pattern you have done in the past, please share it in the forum thread too. SweetGeorgia has added three patterns available to SOS Members: weaving pattern Trimmed in Twill by Felicia @felicialowong, knitting pattern Winter Dawn by Tabetha @tabismiles, and Felicia`s crochet Granny Square tutorial. We hope you`ll join in and make with us!⁠

Pictured here: From the Natural Dyeing Basics course, instructor Caitlin ffrench`s @ffrench naturally dyed mini-skeins!⁠

#sosdyeing #sosnaturaldyeing #soscommunity #miniskein #stashbusting #makealong

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I`m currently spinning through the Rya fleeces that I dyed last year. I`m spinning it all up as singles for use in weaving for upholstery or in weft bundles for tapestry weaving.

It has been lovely revisiting the colours I dyed in 2021. I wonder what colours will come out of the dyepot in 2022?

Pictured skein is 240 meters of Nm 6.4/1 yarn with a diameter of 20wpcm (51wpi), spun from Rya wool that was dyed in the fleece using pomegranate grounds with an alum mordant and an iron modifier.

#svenskull #wool #ull #spinning #spinnersofinstagram #naturaldyeing #green #ryaull #yarn #schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosnaturaldyeing #sosspinning #sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup

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April showers bring May flowers! May is here and we sure know exactly what to do with all the fabulous natural colour we`re awaiting in our garden beds… eco printing! ⁠

Whether you harvest natural dye materials from your landbase or source from a natural dye supplier, join in the fun at Caitlin ffrench`s @ffrench Eco Printing with Natural Dyes workshop at the SOS site »⁠

#sosnaturaldyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprint #naturaldyeing

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Start the long weekend with bundles of beautiful natural colour! Teaching different methods of folding, clamping and bundling techniques, learn all about printing with plants at Eco Printing, taught by Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠

At the School, you can also find Caitlin`s Natural Dyeing Basics course, as well as Planting a Natural Dye Garden, to learn more about the fabulous and fun practice of natural dyeing. And if you`re not yet an SOS member, or have a fibre friend you`d like to learn along with, use the code: SPRINGSTART to get 7 days for $1 plus save 10% off your subscription! We hope to see you there!⁠

#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #ecoprint #ecoprinting #contactprint #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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