Dyeing with natural materials
The natural dyeing is time-consuming process - we usually collect the plants ourselves in the surrounding meadows, or we grow them. Afterwards, we prepare the dyebath and dye the yarn, which can take up to several days. We use, for example, onion peels, walnut leaves, various flowers, herbs, roots or tree bark.
- NOTE: However, in the world of natural dyeing, it is not so unusual for colors to lighten over time, because natural colors generally do not have as strong light fastness and abrasion resistance as chemical colors, so they can still color for some time. Try to avoid drying and storing products in direct sunlight and remember that wool products do not need to be washed that often. You can read more about wool maintenance in our article HERE.
- Color: hand dyed
- Structure: 3-ply
- Yarn weight: 180m / 100g, worsted
- Content: Suffolk 95%, Wallachian 5%
- Sample 10x10cm: 17 stitches x 25 rows
- Needles: 4.5mm (according to individual tension)
- Delivery: hand-rewound and labeled cake
ONA ( SHE, in slovak) is one of the first slovak local sheep wool yarns to return to the market. It is flexible, very durable, almost universal and of course warm and healthy :-)
Suffolk breed specific wool, which lends its durability and fluffiness to the yarn, is blended with 5% of wallachian, which in turn supports its strength. You will not see pills here nowhere soon.
As a "golden middle" among different types of wool, it is perfect for outerwear: vests, sweaters, socks and gloves. The more resilient customers (skin-sensitivity-wise) will easily tolerate a scarf, hat or turtleneck, and those sensitive ones can always use it well for bags, slippers or home textile accessories.
Breed Specific wool - suffolk
Suffolk is originally an English breed of sheep, from the lowlands (one of the so-called "down breeds"), world-wide spread and adaptable, already bred in Slovakia quite commonly. It belongs among the meat breeds, therefore its wool has long been overlooked as a by-product. This is a shame, of course, because this fiber (like everything) has its specific advantages.
The wool of the suffolk breed even belongs among those fibers that are not so easily felted. This can be an advantage in the maintenance of finished products, since there is much lower risk of felting during washing. If you would like to felt it, you can, but it will take a little longer than felting merino :-)
This fiber is one of the coarser and longer types of wool and adds strength to the yarn. For example, a proportion of polyamide or polyester is commonly added to sock yarns for strength, but wallachian wool will do just as well (if not better) than synthetic fiber.
- WARNING: any hand-knitted woolen socks will always last less than commercial ones, made of very fine and dense fabric. When we talk about the durability of sock yarn, we always compare individual wool yarns for hand knitting.
- We write more about wool maintenance HERE.
- We write more about the properties of sheep wool HERE.
- We write more about the suffolk breed specific wool HERE.
- We write more about the wallachian breed specific wool HERE.