Our hand dyed yarn is 100% natural fibre, including wool, alpaca, mohair, linen and silk.They are either Welsh or UK yarns and are sourced from local farms or smallholdings local to us in Pembrokeshire or the UK. We only use yarn of the highest quality which we then hand dye and hand finish using water from springs at our Mill for the final wash and rinse.
• We use only natural dyes in our process Indigo, Madder, Weld, etc and our fixing agent is Alum, a nontoxic water-soluble metallic salt that has many different uses in day-to-day life. Details of each yarn is provided on their individual description/sales page on our website.
• We dye in small numbers to ensure quality of dye uptake and to try and ensure a consistent colour between skeins.
• This is a hand-crafted product and therefore it is possible for there to be shade differences between skeins. It is recommended to alternate the skeins every few rows to avoid striping of colour or shade.
• It is recommended that all yarns be hand washed with a pH neutral detergent in cool water with least agitation. Natural dye can be pH sensitive which means due to the acidity or alkalinity in some normal detergents the yarn colour would be modified or changed. This is also why you should never rinse naturally dyed yarn or fabric with vinegar, mistakenly believed as a way of fixing colour as this would also bring about a colour change.
• Normal care should be given to avoid felting and stretching of the yarn.
• No natural dye is 100% resistant to fading (the same is also true of some synthetic dyes) Under normal use, care and wear any fading would only be visible over a long period of time. I think this only adds to the charm of natural dye as the colours become softer. However, if you store our yarn, fibre or fabric in a sunny, south facing window or under a high-intensity lamp then we cannot guarantee the colours will remain true.