Yarn has to be dyed to achieve any colours other than natural fleece shades of white or brown. We enjoy selecting colours from the wide ranges available at the different UK spinning mills we work with.
Wool can be dyed either after it has been spun or ‘in the fleece’ prior to spinning. We use both types of yarn depending on the effect we want to achieve. With ‘in the fleece’ dyeing, fleeces that have been dyed a number of different colours are mixed up and blended to create the overall desired colour. The result is a yarn that still shows the various colours within it, giving it a depth that works really well in our tweeds.
As well as choosing from stock ranges we also commission bespoke colours from specialist yarn dyers. We tend to commission one or two colour palettes a year this way. We are inspired by our surroundings and like to take our colours from the Skye landscape, and our dyers do a brilliant job of replicating nature for us.