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Professional Yarn Dyeing at Home

Learn techniques for dyeing solid, speckled and variegated yarns at home. Create gorgeous colorways with tips for prepping, dyeing and drying your fibers.
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If you're ready to make unique hand-dyed yarn, expert dye instructor Sarah Eyre is here to show you how. Start with tips for setting up your dye space, choosing materials and preparing your yarn. Then find out how to create eye-catching solid, semi-solid, variegated and speckled yarns using superwash wool, silk blends and untreated wool. You'll soon be able to safely create vibrant yarns at home.


Sarah Eyre


Sarah Eyre has been working as a dyer for more than 10 years. She opened two independent textile and dyeworks companies: The Sanguine Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns. When not experimenting with a new colorway, Sarah enjoys teaching yarn, fiber and silk dyeing, working as an editor at Cooperative Press and thinking up hand-dyeing recipes for her latest book.

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Getting Ready to Dye

01: Getting Ready to Dye

Meet Sarah Eyre, expert dyer and fiber artist. She'll introduce you to the benefits of home dyeing, then help you choose yarns, dyes, and safe, easy-to-use mordants. Next, you'll set up your dye space with tools and supplies you can dedicate to dyeing, and already have on hand.

13 min
Preparing Yarns & Dyeing Solid Colors

02: Preparing Yarns & Dyeing Solid Colors

Learn how to prep your yarn for dyeing, how to create rich solid colors with superwash wool, and how to wash and rinse your dyed fibers.

27 min
Semi-Solids With Silk Blends

03: Semi-Solids With Silk Blends

Working with a wool and silk blend, Sarah will teach you the veil technique for radiant semi-solid colors and share her tips for layering colors for glowing, beautiful results.

18 min
Speckled With Untreated Wool

04: Speckled With Untreated Wool

Follow along as Sarah teaches you to work with untreated farm wool and a very fun speckled dye technique that's great with this rustic fiber. With Sarah's help, you'll see why letting go of perfection and uniformity is the most satisfying approach to hand dyeing.

17 min
Dyeing Variegated Yarns

05: Dyeing Variegated Yarns

Learn to create gorgeous variegated yarns with multiple colors that sing together. You'll see how easy it is to find inspiration all around you and even keep good records of your dye practice.

18 min
Drying, Finishing & Next Steps

06: Drying, Finishing & Next Steps

Finally, Sarah will share some best practices for drying your dyed yarns and twisting them into hanks. She'll also cover proper storing, along with tips for knitting and crocheting with hand-dyed fibers. Then, soak up her ideas for taking the next steps in dyeing to continue exploring this deeply rewarding craft.

12 min