Our undyed wool yarn comes from a small 8-acre farm tucked away in the hills of Escondido just outside San Diego county. Here, our textile artist lives and gives hospice to a small herd of Suri alpacas and Navajo Churro sheep.
Navajo Churros are the best fiber sheep for the hot, dry, shrubby environment in Escondido. They are tolerant of the heat and woody terrain while producing beautiful long fibers that the Navajo people would traditionally use for their handwoven rugs. This is a great yarn for weaving tapestries too and it’s an economical yarn for experimenting with dye.
This fiber has been sheared and spun into yarn by hand and is undyed and untreated- perfect for you to try out dyeing with—we recommend natural plant dyes!
We’ve included a few photos from our artist who used plants such as Eucalyptus, Mushrooms, Lichen and Nettle to dye her yarn. See below for flower and plant ideas to use as natural dyes.
Natural Color of this wool yarn is a warm tan. This fiber content is 100% Navajo Churro wool. For a mix of sheep and alpaca wool, go here.
Navajo Churro Sheep’s Wool
Sheep raised, sheared and wool spun into yarn—all by hand—in Escondido, Southern California
Put-up: 50g (40 yards or 120 feet)
Put-up: 100g (80 yards or 240 feet)
Undyed and untreated
Best for tapestry, rugs, and blanket weaving
Ready to take dye
Made in the USA by a woman owned and run small business on a small farm
**If using a natural plant dye, you will usually need at least as much dye as the weight of the wool (i.e. 50 grams of wool requires at least 50 grams of plant dye)
We love and use foraged or gardened plant materials, such as chamomile, calendula, marigolds, Japanese indigo, black hollyhocks, Hopi Sunflowers, Hopi Amaranth, Hibiscus petals, and even Onion Skins, Avocado Skins and Pits, Blueberries that are starting to go soft and so on. You may need a mordant with most, but can usually use food friendly mordants, as well.
There are also many dye kits available on Etsy for natural plant dyes that include the mordant if needed (or tell you where to find it). Read the reviews and product descriptions carefully!