July 24, 2014

The Orchard Collection

I’m delighted to announce The Orchard Collection. Four naturally dyed colours on a yarn spun from the wool of a single flock of Wensleydale sheep which grazes a Damson orchard on the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire border in England.

The yarn a is 100% Wensleydale lace weight and is worsted spun to maintain the gorgeous sheen of the longwool. There’s 100g and approximately 580m per skein. As well as the almost silk-looking sheen, there’s a subtle mohair-like halo, so the yarn will trap lots of air making it snuggly and warm. You can read more about the flock and owner Erika at www.sylvantiger.co.uk

Each of the four colours in the collection is named for an orchard fruit: Damson Delight, Blackcurrant Crush, Blueberry Blush and Greengage Glut.

As this is my first post to Indie Untangled I’ll tell you a bit more about Sylvan Tiger Yarn. I’m an independent hand dyer based in Yorkshire, England, creating luxury yarn and fibre using natural dyes. I use wool sourced from British suppliers and sheep, processed and spun in Britain.

My inspiration for colours and combinations often comes from my local landscapes of Yorkshire, the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. I particularly enjoy exploiting the natural PH sensitivities of the natural dyes to create gentle variations in colour.