Plant Dyed DK / Aran Yarns

Plant Dyed Yarns
For those who like to nalbind, knit, crochet, make rya rugs or stitch with DK or Aran weight yarns, I have sourced a few lovely types of yarns that I hand dye with natural dyes. I hand dye different types of yarn in small batches on a weekly basis, so please check in to see what is currently in stock.
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Tapestry Yarn Kits

These are hand dyed tapestry wool yarn kits. The yarns that I use for these kits are organic wool, no nylon, no chemicals, just pure natural wool. The yarns are all dyed using natural plant dyes.
The wool yarn is similar in weight to Appleton’s tapestry wools and are suitable for embroidery, tapestry work, needlepoint, crochet, fine knitting or nalbinding. These yarns are sold through my Web Shop and also on Etsy and Ebay.
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Plant Dyed Sock Yarns

Suomi Sock Kits
I have designed some sock knitting kits using natural plant dyed wool yarns.
The Suomi Sock knitting patterns are based on traditional Finnish folk knitting designs that I remember from my childhood.

Suomi Socks Knitting Pattern
Suomi Socks Knitting Pattern

In my Paivatar Yarn Etsy shop you may purchase a PDF Instant Download of the pattern
as well as some of the hand dyed wool sock knitting yarns.

BFL Superwash, No Nylon Sock Yarns
No nylon has been added to the wool yarn. Just wool and plant dyes, pure and simply natural.

These are sock wool knitting kits made with locally sourced British 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool. The wool has been spun with a high twist making it ideal for knitting strong socks that should last for some time.
The wool is superwash, so that if you happen to toss them into the washing machine they should be ok.
However, it is best to hand wash plant dyed wool socks in order to help maintain the naturally dyed colours.

About Superwash Wools
Superwash is a treatment applied to wool fibres which makes more resistant to shrinking. In the 80’s superwash treatment got a bad rap because in some countries the effluent was not recycled. This has however has changed dramatically as the EU enforced very strict laws and any by-products must be removed from the water before it is discharged into the water systems. This now means that the water discharged actually is better than the drinking water you get from the tap. Not all countries have the same regulations and we only use superwash wool which is from highly regulated treatment plants in the UK and Europe (which also have very strict standards). We are very particular about where our wool is superwash treated. Jeni has personally been to visit our Superwash treatment plant in the UK and this was a really interesting visit, the owner has PhD in this area and employs the most up-to-date superwash techniques and is always trailing new ideas.

So… what does the process involve? Firstly the wool is treated in chlorine in the water to dull the tips of the scales of the wool, this reduces the ability of the scales to stick to each-other and therefore reduces felting. Secondly a super thin coating of resin is applied to the fibres permanently bonding to the wool, this smooths the scales, improving the handle and also prevents felting.

Hand dyed and hand spun yarns can now be found for purchase in my Etsy and EBay shops.
I add new items on a regular basis so please check back, or send me an email if you are looking for something.

Paivatar Yarn on Etsy
Paivatar Yarn on EBay

Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarns

Please Note:
I am not accepting orders for Rya Rugs backing at this time as I am not able to order the backings from Finland (due to Brexit problems)
I can however custom dye the yarns for rya rugs using natural plant dyes.

Here are a few other sources for ordering Rya rug backings and supplies.

Iltamaa
Jenni Vanhanen in Finland offers wonderful Finnish style rya rug backings and yarns.

Byrdcall Studio
Melinda Byrd sells Norwegian style rya rug backing, kits and supplies.

For those who would like to make their own traditional style rya (ryijy) rug, I hand dye rya yarns using natural plant dyes. The world of plant dyes offers much variety and gentle colour to yarns. Each batch is uniquely dyed as the colour and shading varies depending on the soil and growing conditions of the plants, the acidity of the dye water and the length of time in the dyeVAt. This variety of colour gives a plant dyed rya rug a rich depth of shading.

These Rya Yarns have been designed to work best with the Finnish style of backing that I sell.
Traditionally, the rya pile on a Finnish rug is quite short in length.
The pile is packed quite firmly (3-4 threads per knot). This allows the pile to stand up quite straight, creating small points of colour in the finished piece, allowing for greater detail in the patterning.

Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarn
The rya yarns that I currently sell are all hand dyed with natural plant dyes. I dye the yarns in small skeins of 20 grams per skein. Each skein is approx. 45 meters in length.

Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarn
Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarn

Price per 20 gram Skein: £7.50
Skein Length: 45 meters

Below are tables that gives an estimate of how much yarn you will need depending on the size of rya rug and length of the rya pile.

Short Rya Pile – 1.5 cm
Using a 1.5 cm Rya ruler, a 1 meter length of yarn will tie approx. 12 – 15 knots.
Use 3 yarn threads per knot.

Rya Rug Size
Knots / Row
# RowsKnots / Meter
Yarn / per KnotTotal MetersTotal Skeins
 
35x100cm52100123130030

45x100cm68100123170040
54x100cm80100123200045
80x100cm120100123300070


100x100cm150100123375085
120x100cm1801001234500100
130x100cm1951001234875110

Short Rya Pile – 1.5 cm
Using a 1.5 cm Rya ruler, a 1 meter length of yarn will tie approx. 12 – 15 knots.
Use 4 yarn threads per knot.

Rya Rug Size
Knots / Row
# RowsKnots / Meter
Yarn / per KnotTotal MetersTotal Skeins
 
35x100cm52100124173340

45x100cm68100124226750
54x100cm80100124266760
80x100cm120100124400090


100x100cm1501001245000130
120x100cm1801001246000135
130x100cm1951001246500145

Long Rya Pile – 2.5 cm
When designing a longer length of rya pile, the rya looks best when the pile lies more flatly, overlapping the previous row of knots.
For this type of rya rug, I recommend using 2-3 threads per knot.
Using a 2.5 cm Rya Ruler, a 1 meter length of yarn will tie approx. 10-12 knots.

Rya Rug Size
Knots / Row
# RowsKnots / Meter
Yarn / KnotTotal MetersTotal Skeins
 
35x100cm52100103156035
45x100cm68100103204045
54x100cm80100103240055
80x100cm120100103360080
100x100cm1501001034500100
120x10cm1801001035400120
130x100cm1951001035850130

Naturally Plant Dyed Wool Yarns

I use high quality worsted spun wool for my hand dyed rya rug yarns. The yarns are tightly spun and quite soft to the touch. The yarn is British Blue Faced Leicester wool that has a natural sheen to the yarn. Rya rugs are not designed to be used as a floor rug but are meant to be hung on a wall as a tapestry and family heirloom. Please treat your hand made ryijy with care, so that you can pass it on to future generations. Plant dyes are more sensitive to gentle fading. Please hang your rya rug in a place that is not in direct sunlight, to help preserve the brightness of the colours. Naturally plant dyed wools are not bright in colour but are gentle and soft in shading. Much like the tapestries that can be found in museums.

All of the Rya Wool Yarns are sold by custom order only. Please allow 4-6 weeks for completion of a custom order.
I can accept international orders, however these will be processed through my Etsy shop so that appropriate taxes and duties will be charged.
Please contact me for more information.

Crewel Embroidery Yarn Kits

Naturally Plant Dyed Crewel Embroidery Yarn Kits

I love to make rainbows – using natural colours from nature. Crewel, tapestry embroidery and knitting wool dyed in Naturally plant dyed colours. I use locally sourced British Blue Faced Leicester wool for these hand dyed yarns.
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