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wool yarn naturally dyed with acorns

One of the things I love most about living here in the northwoods of Wisconsin are the wildflowers that bloom in late summer to early autumn.  Tansey, Tickseed, Black Eyed Susan and so many more.  They glow like pure magic on a late summer evening when that warm sun streams across the field as the sun’s going down.  We pick endless bouquets for the kitchen table and window sills, along with buckets full to use for natural dye.


Each year, I dye a couple of skeins to hold onto that summer magic all through the long winter.  It’s such fun to pull out a skein of plant dyed yarn in the middle of February and feel that warm sunshine in your hands.

knitting with naturally dyed yarn

If you’d like to make your own plant dyed yarn, I’ve put together a FREE GUIDE:  Naturally Dyed Yarn – The easiest step-by-step guide to naturally dyeing wool yarn. 

It’s perfect for beginners, for kids, or those looking for a non-scientific approach to natural dyeing.

In this guide, you’ll find…

  • Common plants available in each season.
  • The basic recipe I’ve been using for years.
  • Simple, step-by-step instructions to create your own naturally dyed skein of yarn.
  • Knitting with your naturally dyed yarn.
  • Caring for your naturally dyed yarn.
  • PLUS A printable journal page for keeping notes.


How to Naturally Dye wool yarn


The easiest step-by-step guide to dyeing wool yarn, naturally.

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A few additional notes…

  • Most of my experience with natural dyeing has been with wool – both pure and superwash.  I suspect this recipe will work well for all protein fibers and probably not so well with cotton and other cellulose fibers. Have fun experimenting, it’s the best part!
  • Superwash wool results in a much more vibrant color than non-superwash wool.


Looking for examples? You can find many of my experiments under Natural Dyeing.


If you have any questions or would just like to share one of your natural dyeing experiences, please leave a comment, so everyone can learn from you!

easies way to naturally dye yarn

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  1. Timely post for me. I'll be playing with your (perfect for me) tutorial when I get home. I am not a scientific artist! The process is much more satisfying with the anticipation of surprises. 🙂

    Blessings, Debbie

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