Freia Yarn Dyeing Workshop!
Tina Whitmore, owner of renowned Freia Fine Handpaint Yarns, is teaming up with The Spin-Off Yarn Shop to offer a workshop on yarn dyeing.
This special event is a fundraiser for shelter and care of the alpacas that were rescued from the Sweet Brook Farm fire. The yarn offered for the workshop comes from the very alpacas that were rescued, now known as Pachamama's Alpacas!
Participants will learn about the basics of the acid dyeing process and different effects that can be achieved such as semi-solid, variegated, and perhaps even self-striping yarns as time allows. A selection of colors in ready-mixed dyes will be offered for participants to create their own hand-dyed skeins. The dyed skeins will be heat-set overnight. Participants can pick up their finished skeins at The Spin-Off Yarn Shop as early as the following Tuesday, or they can arrange for shipping. Participants should wear suitable clothing and closed-toe shoes for splatters and spills and expect to get messy!
Location: Freia Fine Handpaints Studio
Norad Mill, 2nd Floor
60 Roberts Drive
North Adams, MA
Date and Time: Sunday, April 28, 1p - 3p
Cost: $85: All materials are included plus two skeins of Pachamama's Alpaca Yarn that participants will select upon registration. Participants may choose Trixie and Preston in White or Woolly Willis in light fawn. The photo at left shows how each takes the same color dye. Additional skeins may be purchased for $14.99/skein.
About the Yarn:
50g ~ 135 yards
75% Alpaca, 25% locally sourced wool
6 sts/in on US #3-5
Max # Participants: 16
Willis, at top, is the smallest but by far the wooliest alpaca in the herd. Last year he gave us 13 lbs of remarkably fine fleece with a long staple. Trixie, below, is Mimi's first born alpaca and along with her mother, has won several championships in major alpaca shows. Her fleece is stunning and makes for the softest yarn. Preston, right, was born to Hope, one of two alpacas adopted from a terminally ill alpaca breeder, for whom he was named. Preston is a huge producer of fleece; his most generous donation was 12 lbs and has to have his bangs trimmed occasionally between shearing.