I use professional, heavy-metal free acid dyes which are light and wash fast. I fully exhaust each batch in the dyepot, typically allowing it to cool and soak overnight for the best color retention and dye exhaustion, so little to no dye is dispersed in rinsing. I dye with care to ensure that yarns are not oversaturated with dye, which can cause bleeding when soaked for blocking (some minor bleeding may still occur for some colors, but I work very hard to minimize and prevent this by not over saturating the yarn in the first place).
I have created a system for dyeing which uses as little water as feasible, as I continually work to reduce and reuse as much as possible. Since each dyelot is fully exhausted, I am able to reuse dye water, through adding additional small quantities of water and adjusting the pH level, as necessary.
In addition to dyeing yarn, I love abstract acrylic painting, which allows me to explore the world of color in a vastly different medium. My paintings are available for viewing and purchase in the gallery and shop at my studio.
** Thank you for supporting my small business! **
My deep gratitude goes to all the knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners and other textile artists who visit my studio and shop, my blog, and my booth at the festivals I attend. This is truly a small, family business and I couldn't be doing what I love without you!
** Visit me at my studio, Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA! **
REGULAR HOURS (APRIL - DECEMBER)
Saturday, Sunday, & Monday: 11 am - 5 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: by appointment or by chance
Thursday & Friday: 12 noon - 5 pm
WINTER HOURS (JANUARY-MARCH)
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Monday - Thursday: by appointment or by chance
Monday Holidays: sometimes open; email before planning a visit
We have several open studio and special events over the course of the year, as well as workshops and classes. These are listed on
Note that I am typically working at the studio Monday through Friday, while my partner Kate is here on weekends. To ensure that I am here when you'll be visiting (if you want to see me personally) please email me at either
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