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Introducing DHG's Extra-Fine Merino Wool Top - A Natural Dyes Collection

Introducing the Natural Dyes Collection

by DHG

We’re proud to have partnered with Dyeing House Gallery (DHG) of Italy to bring you a collection of naturally dyed, extra-fine Merino wool tops.

These seventeen new colours are dyed with natural dye extracts obtained from plants and cochineal. They produce a palette of cohesive and unified shades, a unique quality of naturally dyed fibres.

The extra-fine Merino is sourced from both Australia and South America from strictly mulesing-free lots, carefully selected to ensure consistent quality over time.

Supporting sustainability, DHG ensures the dye process complies with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and is done in a dye house which is GOTS 5.0 and GRS certified.

With its next-to-skin softness and luxurious hand feel, the Natural Dyes Collection extra-fine Merino wool top is a versatile fibre for a range of textile applications.


THE FIBRE

NATURAL DYE EXTRACTS: Chestnut, Cochineal, Coreopsis, Cutch tree, Indigo, Logwood, Madder rich, Madder standard, Rhubarb, Sorghum, Turmeric, Weld
FIBRE CONTENT: Extra fine Merino wool top, 19 microns
CONSTRUCTION: Combed sliver
ORIGIN: Fibre sourced in Australia and South America
PRODUCTION: Dyed and milled in Italy
NET WEIGHT: Approx. 23g/m
YARDAGE: Approx. 4m/100g
CARE: Cold hand wash (see notes below)

Colourways Available

ABOUT NATURAL DYES

Fibres dyed with natural dye extracts will behave slightly differently to traditional commercially dyed fibres – specifically, they have a lower resistance to light and reduced colour fastness. Over time this product may change in colour or release some dye when washed.

To extend the colour life of your project we recommend that they not be placed in direct sunlight for extended periods and only be washed in cold water, limiting the soaking time to 10 minutes.

ABOUT WOOL TOP

Wool top is a commercially prepared wool product in which the wool fibres undergo a mechanical combing process to straighten and align the fibres.

The result is an extremely smooth, silky fibre preparation favoured by hand spinners and textile artists.

Use wool top for hand-spinning, weaving, needle and wet felting, giant knitting and a myriad of textile art projects.

ABOUT DHG

Dyeing House Gallery have been in the business of dyeing textile fibres and yarns since 1952. Their mission, to make their long-standing expertise available to all artists, artisans, designers and crafters.

 
 
 
 

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Welcome Wool Local by Erika Knight

Welcome Wool Local

by Erika Knight

Wool Local by Erika Knight offers a luxurious blend of Bluefaced Leicester and hardwearing Masham, in a fine 4ply weight.

Erika’s catalyst for creating this yarn was to support the heritage of British textile mills and to promote sheep breeds native to the United Kingdom. 

Starting at the British wool auction in Bradford, the wool is scoured, combed, spun, dyed, steamed and hanked all in the county of Yorkshire, making fleece to finished yarn in less than 50 miles.

With its delightful aroma and sumptuous hand-feel it is perfect for shawls and lightweight garments to transition the seasons.

Wool Local is a truly local wool, authentically British and environmentally sustainable.


Colourways Available

THE YARN

FIBRE CONTENT: 50% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL), 50% Fine Masham
NET WEIGHT: 100g (3.53oz) per skein
APPROX. YARDAGE: 450m (492yd)
YARN WEIGHT EQUIVALENT: Fingering / 4 Ply
CONSTRUCTION: Worsted spun, 2 plies, light twist
ORIGIN: Fibre sourced, dyed and milled in United Kingdom
CARE: Cold hand wash, dry flat

WORKING THE YARN

Wool Local is suitable for a range of knit, crochet and weaving projects. We’ve included gauge suggestions for these crafts below. You may also like to check out our project suggestions on RAVELRY.

This yarn does have a rustic hand-feel. Some may sense a slight pique when worn against the skin, particularly around delicate areas such as the neck. When planning a project, it may be useful to wear a swatch of the intended fabric for a short time to gauge your sensitivity.

GAUGE SUGGESTIONS

The gauge information below can be used as guidance when planning your projects. We always recommend that you swatch to determine a configuration that results in the ideal fabric and hand feel for your project.

KNITTING

28 stitches over 10cm, using 3.25mm needles (7 stitches per inch, US size 3 needles)

CROCHET

32 stitches over 10cm, 3.5mm hook (8 stitches per inch, US size E-4 hook)

WEAVING FOR YARDAGE

10-12 epi (40-50 ends / 10cm)

ABOUT ERIKA KNIGHT

Erika Knight is a highly respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as the creator of her own eponymous yarn range. With her 'simple' ethos, Erika has a unique interpretation of craft: her mission is to simplify and communicate her insight and passion for knitting and crochet with accessible yet enticing projects in order to inspire everyone to experiment and, above all, enjoy creating. 

Learn more about Erika Knight - erikaknight.co.uk

 
 
 
 

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