Discover the colorful joys of hand dyeing your own yarn and fleece. It’s easy, fun, and can be done right in your own kitchen! Self-taught dyer Gail Callahan shows you a variety of simple techniques to turn plain, outdated, or leftover yarn into vibrant “new” fibers using ovens, crockpots, frying pans, and other standard kitchen equipment. Detailed advice on color theory, self-striping, “grocery store” dyes, and handmade multicolor skeins make successful dyeing a cinch, even for complete beginners.
Gail Callahan discovered weaving in the 1990’s, leading her to a small business called The Kangaroo Weaver. A few years later, she began dyeing for personal use. The following year, Valley Yarns asked her to dye yarns exclusive to WEBS, America’s Yarn Store, in Northampton, Massachusetts. She now teaches dyeing at WEBS, and continues to dye for them as well as for her own business, The Kangaroo Dyer. She is the author of Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece.
As we’re heading into the bleak winter months here in the northern hemisphere, Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece is really a great companion to keep the color in your life. Following Callahan’s steps to create a safe dye studio, you could work your way through her exercises all the way to spring and keep yourself content with all the good stuff coming out of your dye pots.