Where natural fibres meet natural dyes
Be Natural ~Be Ewe
who we are
Natural Ewe Yarns is a mother-daughter dye duo, working exclusively with natural dyes in Pictou, Nova Scotia. We are a yarn store specializing in earth-friendly fibers, botanically dyed yarn, and sustainable knitting notions and accessories. Our yarns and textile products are all hand dyed from plants we forage locally or grow in our own garden, as well as some more exotic barks and extracts from Canadian importers. We believe in waste not, want not, and upcycle dyed fabric to create project bags, aprons, and various other items. In addition, we carry Kollage Square, a Canadian brand of ergonomic knitting needles, offering full and mini interchangeable sets.
beautiful gradient sets
Botanical dyes 'hit different'. The way the colours blend, your projects will naturally come together.
one of a kind products
Our OOAK yarns and accessories are not only stylish but sustainable. Natural fibres meet natural dyes - flowers, leaves, bark, roots, and sometimes even bugs!
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THE GLOBAL STANDARD IN SUSTAINABILITY
HAND-DYED for your Project
As hand dyers (and discerning knitters), we look for the highest quality natural fiber yarns. We buy our yarn bases from another small family business, who not only design their yarns in-house, but source their fibers from reliable suppliers who have establish best practices in relation to animal husbandry and the environment. This means no animals are injured and strict standards of waste water treatment and re-use are upheld. We further our commitment to the environment by offering our customers sustainable options.
Baby alpaca is a natural fibre that is soft and luxurious. It is warmer than wool, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Blended with linen and silk for a rustic allure.
Superkid mohair, from the first shearing, are the softest and finest fibres the mohair goats will ever produce. Two strands of mulberry silk hold the mohair fibres in place to add radiance and strength.
The extra-fine merino wool is great for next to skin comfort. Our Pure & Simple line is 100% untreated extra-fine merino. This is an exceptionally soft luxury fibre in all its natural glory.
One of a Kind Yarns
We hand-dye our yarns in small batches with love. We have four different dye pot techniques. We submerge our yarns to create tonals, kettle dye with multiple ingredients to achieve swirls of colour, and dip-dye our cotton in indigo for an au naturel look. But our signature look is the nature-wrapped yarn, where you'll find bursts of colour and speckling.
Testing the Fastness of colours
Many dye colours, both natural and synthetic in origin, will fade if exposed to daylight for prolonged periods. Washing will also cause some dyes to become less vivid. While few natural dyes disappear entirely if properly applied, most 'mature' with time, softening in tone. But remember, knitwear is not washed so frequently or worn in strong sunlight for long periods.To allay any concerns, we create knitted samples in our yarns to continually wash and wear in order to best gauge our products.
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