Last week we heard from Jule at woollentwine about the complex relationship between natural dyeing and sustainability, and I'm so happy that we're back this week with one of my all-time favorite dyers, Marina Skua, to explore the world of fibre reactive dyes! Marina uses this specific type of dye in a carefully crafted process to make her dyeing as sustainable as possible and she opened up the dye studio door for a glimpse of how exactly she does that for us. She also shares her insight into how natural and synthetic dyeing compare in terms of sustainability.
After our gentle introduction into acid and natural dyeing, I'm so thrilled to share our first expert interview on dyeing and sustainability on the blog with you today! Our first foray into the intricacies of different dyeing methods and how sustainable they are leads us to Northern Germany, into the dye studio of Jule from woollentwine. Jule focuses on natural dyeing and has designed her dyeing process very carefully to make it as sustainable as possible, which made her the perfect partner for this deep dive!
Hello lovelies! We've talked a lot about fiber and yarn in the last few months here on this blog, but one area that we‚Äôve only ever-so-slightly touched upon is dyeing. While I love a beautiful natural grey or cream in my stash, I also have a very, very soft spot for beautiful colors (dyed on a grey base - be still my heart!). As dyeing is an essential part of most yarns‚Äô journey, we thought it'd be interesting to explore the intersection of dyeing and sustainability in a little mini-series in these next few weeks!
Hello folks, and welcome to this week's blog post! We've talked a lot over the past few months about sustainable yarn. We've shared a ton of information and looked at a lot of different topics, and it's been a learning curve for us all. While it's super interesting to explore these subjects here on the blog, putting all of that information into real-life practice can be pretty overwhelming.
'Green', 'Eco-friendly', 'Recyclable', ‚'Natural'; these just some of the words you might come across when trying to shop sustainably, and they can be great indicators of an earth-friendly product. But what about when businesses use them as a marketing tool, attaching them to a not-so-sustainable item to sell more? When a company is more interested in putting their money into marketing their products as 'green' instead of doing the actual work to make them so? This is greenwashing.
Back in 2015, way before Making Stories was even a thought on the horizon, I went into a yarn shop in San Francisco where I was visiting my partner and, looking for something that was locally made, picked up a cake of Twirl Yarn. It was one of the most gorgeous yarns that I had ever seen, and it sat in my stash for a good long while (it takes time to find the right project for a precious skein, am I right?) before I eventually transformed it into one a hat.