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Vegetable dyed worsted yarn for embroidery - MADDER red and orange shades

$ 3.25

This is the wool yarn we use most for our own reproduction embroidery work. It is smooth & slightly lustrous, very dye receptive for our vegetable dyeing process and as close as we've found to the wirey texture of period crewel yarns. Over the years we have used several suppliers, and some add a small amount of mohair. We consider it a plus, both from the standpoint of texture and dye-ability. It is equally suitable for canvas work (like tent stitch or irish stitch) and surface embroidery (crewel). For canvas work it may be used either singly or doubled, depending on the count of the canvas and the effect desired.

Madder is an ancient dye, used by humans for centuries. Its hue is on the yellow side of red, sometimes appearing orange or even rusty red. Careful preparation of the dye roots and monitoring the temperature achieves the clearest, reddest shades -- always our goal. One finds a wide variety of madder hues in period embroidery and we maintain a diverse assortment in our madder shades, as well.

40 yards per twist


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