Wool and yarn can be dyed naturally or chemically. Both have their place and we like working with differently dyed yarns for different purposes.
We are very lucky to have the Shilasdair Yarn Co right on our doorstep on Skye. Eva and Tony Lambert use their own tried and tested plant and insect dye recipes in a unique cabinet dying system, which enables them to dye batches of up to 24kg of yarn. We love the vibrancy and variegation of their yarns and have enjoyed using them to create a number of special projects.
We also like working with yarns that have been dyed in the fleece prior to spinning. In order to achieve an overall colour of, for example, light green, fleeces that have been dyed a number of different colours are mixed up and blended. The result is a yarn that still shows the various colours, which gives it the depth we like, especially for our tweeds.