Hand dyed yarn
Here at The Handspinner having fun we also take great joy in our Hand dyed yarns. We use Acid dyes in a wide range of colours inspired by the amazing landscapes on the Isle of Skye. We hand dye our yarn in small batches which means we can get creative with colours. Colours can be reproduced in different dye batches but cannot be identically matched – so you always need to ensure that you buy enough of the dye batch for your project!
Acid Dyed wool
I believe acid dyes are more environmentally friendly than ‘natural’ dyes. Natural dyes are often from plants or minerals that can be rare and they require a ‘mordant’ to fix the dyes. Alum is often used as a mordant and there is an environmental impact when it is mined. Natural dyes take excess amounts of the dye product in order to produce the colours and reproduction of the colour is unreliable. The waste product from the dye is then released into the water drainage system.
Acid dyes by contrast require no mordant, the amount of dye if calculated for the weight of yarn to be used and the dye is fully absorbed by the yarn so no dye is released into the water drainage system. If there is any excess dye remaining it is used to dye another batch of yarn and often produces an interesting new shade. My ‘mistakes’ (those colours I had not chosen to dye) are often the most popular but that is the joy of Hand dyed yarn. Acid dyes also produce wonderful bright colours.