Monday, June 4, 2012

Iris Dyed

I is no secret that I love to dye yarn. I love to experiment with different techniques, but there is still nothing quite like handpainting yarn.

The Iris is my favorite color. I love the shade of violet purple, the different green hues and the yellow surrounded by a hint of white. I used these colors as the inspiration for my Iris Dyed yarn.

I mixed up three different dye colors in 2/3 cup of water. Yellow - 8 drops yellow. Green - 9 drops green, 6 drops neon green, 2 drops black. Purple - 8 drops blue, 5 drops NEON pink. In the end of my painting, I ended up doubling the purple and turning the rest of the yellow into another shade of green to get enough coverage on my 100g of wool/nylon blend (presoaked with a healthy splash of white vinegar).

Irises haven't been my only inspiration lately. I have have been playing with my favorite colors, blue green and purple in the creation of this cool toned rainbow colorway.

Do you want to know how I do it? Make sure you check out the following video and tutorial on how to hand paint yarn that I published in conjunction with AllFreeKnitting.


  1. love the iris inspired yarn, ali

  2. I absolutely LOVE irises. Purple and blue are my favorites. Your yarn is stunning! Purple is my absolute favorite color, and the purple iris does a great job of showcasing different hues of the color. Your yarn has captured all of that very nicely! Great job.