Naturally dyed yarns
Be Natural ~ Be Ewe
who we are
Natural Ewe is a mother-daughter dye duo, working exclusively with natural dyes and sustainable fibres. Our yarns and textile products are all created using dyes from plants we forage locally or grow in our own garden, as well as some more exotic barks and extracts from Canadian importers. Our bases include untreated merino, mohair and silk, baby alpaca and linen, and our newest GOTS merino. 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.
Natural Ewe has continued to grow since its conception in 2019, with favourable mention on KnitBrooks’ “The Great Canadian Yarn Dyer List”, and featured in Vogue Knitting’s Late Winter Edition 2020. Most recently we have migrated from Ontario to Nova Scotia, where we hope to plant deep roots and continue to create. Find us on Instagram (@naturalewe) and Facebook (@NaturalEwe) to follow our dye journey!
beautiful gradient sets
Through the process of blending unique combinations, your projects will naturally come together.
one of a kind products
Artistically created, original colorways dyed with ingredients from nature on ethically sourced yarns.
Currently shipping within Canada and to the USA
Natural Ewe Limited series
Celebrations Yarn Box
MARK LIFE'S MOMENTS STITCH BY STITCH
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.
Not sure what to make? Our finest yarns, grouped in pre-made colorway combinations, gradient sets or knit kits are the perfect inspiration for your next project.
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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