We have a variety of naturally dyed Freshwater Fibers, including many that are over-dyed with a combination.
Natural Dye variants
Cochineal is from a beetle that lives on the prickly pear cactus, and which we purchase comercially.
Alkanet is from a plant in which the roots are used to create the dye bath.
Indigo is among the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing. We use a limited amount of locally grown indigo as well as commercially purchased indigo powder when creating our indigo vats.
Madder is an heirloom dye plant that has been loved throughout history for the orange and red hues it produces. The root is the part of the plant used to create a dye bath.
Walnut from local walnuts processed into a liquor.
Coreopsis is a flower grown and harvested in our own dyer's garden at Birch Point Farms in Leelanau County.
Freshwater Fibers is a delectable yarn produced by The Michigan Fiber Cooperative (check out their site for more information about the farms!). It is a worsted/aran weight yarn made up of 50% alpaca and 50% merino raised right here in Michigan and processed at Stonehedge Fiber Mill. Each skeins has 200 yards/100 grams.
*Natural and Botanical dyeing is a labor of love for us; the colors are dependent on many characteristics of the soil, season, and timing. We are unable to dye at a production level with the natural dyes and instead will make available the bounty of each season as we create it.