NATURAL DYES USED IN THIS LISTING:
This piece was dyed first with coshineal for the base layer, overdyed with walnut, and finally overdyed in indigo.
NATURAL DYES USED IN THIS LISTING
COCHINEAL: a small insect that lives on prickly pear, produces everything from pink to crimson, to purple to magenta. It is one of the oldest colorfast red dyes out there and has been used by native populations in the Americas for over a thousand years. I use sustainably sourced cochineal purchased from Maiwa.
INDIGO: I grow Japanese indigo and supplement with indigo that is sustainably sourced purchased from Maiwa.
WALNUT: I have the great fortune to have a walnut tree in my backyard. The old tree gives up plenty of walnuts every fall to use in the dye studio. Walnut provides various browns from tan or khaki to dark chocolate and even black if iron is added.
NOTE: This listing is for a fat yard (2 yard piece of wool that was cut in half along the selvedge edge). Smaller pieces can be cut from the yard into the sizes below.
Fat eighth - approximately 16" x 13"-14"
Fat quarter - approximately 16" x 26"-28"
Fat half - approximately 32" x 26"-28"
1 fat yard - approximately 64-66" x 26"-28"
[I haven't quite figured out all the ins and outs of how to customize the listings. I have ONE FAT YARD of this. Smaller cuts are available, but are limited to 1 so that you will get the discounted price for ordering larger sizes. For example, if you want 2 fat 1/8ths, please order one fat 1/4 to save. Please don't order 1 yard plus 1 fat quarter! Thanks for your patience and understanding while I negotiate this new path.]
All wool shrinks differently. Felting occurs naturally during the dyeing process, giving the wool a lovely soft hand.
I will cut to the size ordered. If you order 1 yard, it will be one piece of wool. If you'd like me to cut the yard into fat quarters or fat eighths, message me rather than ordering 4 fat quarters (which will cost $88, rather than the discounted $80).
I use only natural dyes that have a proven track record for being color fast. Like all fabric that has been dyed, however, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will cause fading (think of those south-facing display windows we see with faded clothing).
All my wool listings are small batch. Please purchase what you need for your project because color matching will be impossible!
I hope you enjoy creating with these naturally dyed wools as much as I love creating them!