Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarns

For those who would like to make their own traditional style rya rug, I am now hand dyeing rya yarns using natural plant dyes. The world of plant dyes offers much variety and gentle colour to yarns. Each batch is uniquely dyed as the colour and shading varies depending on the soil and growing conditions of the plants, the acidity of the dye water and the length of time in the dyepot. This variety of colour gives a plant dyed rya rug a rich depth of shading.

I use high quality worsted spun wool for my hand dyed rya rug yarns. The yarns are quite soft to the touch. Rya rugs are not designed to be used as a floor rug but are meant to be hung on a wall as a tapestry and family heirloom. Please treat your hand made rya rug with care, so that you can pass it on to future generations. Plant dyes are more sensitive to gentle fading. Please hang your rya rug in a place that is not in direct sunlight, to help preserve the brightness of the colours.

Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarn
Plant Dyed Rya Rug Yarn

If you are using my handwoven rya rug backing for making your own rug, the backing is woven at 15 knots per 10 cm.
I have worked out a rough chart of how much rya rug yarn you will need to purchase, based on a pile length of 3 cm and 4 strands of yarn per knot. If you wish to make a rug with a longer or thicker pile, then you will need to order more yarn than suggested.

Backing Width CMKnots per RowRows per MeterTotal Meters of YarnTotal GramsNo. Skeins
100 cm1508530601500 grams30 skeins
80 cm1208524501250 grams25 skeins
60 cm908518501000 grams20 skeins
50 cm75851550800 grams16 skeins
40 cm60851250600 grams12 skeins

Natural Plant Dyed Rya Wool Yarns

I am adding new plant dyed yarn colours on a continuing basis, as I dye and experiment with the dyes that are available and in season. I use both local plants and natural dyes from around the world.
Here is the current selection of plant dyed yarns.
All yarns are hand dyed at the time of your order. Please allow 2-3 weeks for completion of your order.
Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

The Rya rug yarns are sold in 50 gram skeins.
Each skein has approx. 120 meters per skein.
Cost per skein: £15.00 GBP plus shipping.

Reds
Reds, Pinks and Orange shades of colour can be obtained by changing the pH of the dyebath, the amount of dye used and the length of the dye soak.

Indian Madder Root - Rubia Cordifolia
Indian Madder Wool Yarn
Indian Madder Wool Yarn
Madder Dyed Yarn
Madder Dyed Rya Yarn
Madder  Light Rya Yarn
Madder Light Rya Yarn
Brazilwood - Caesalpinia Sappan
Brazilwood Dyed Wool Yarn
Brazilwood Dyed Wool Yarn
Brazilwood Light Rya Yarn
Brazilwood Light Rya Yarn
Brazilwood Madder Blends
Brazilwood Madder Rya Wool Yarn
Brazilwood Madder Rya Wool Yarn
Madder root Pinks Plant Dyed Yarns
Madder Pinks Plant Dyed Yarns

Yellows
From rich golds to soft and pale yellows. Most flower petals and leaves provide a source for yellows. Many of these colours have been obtained from local dye plants and are seasonal.

Himalayan Rhubarb - Yellow
Himalayan Rhubarb Rya Wool
Himalayan Rhubarb Rya Wool
Himalayan Rhubarb Tan Rya Wool
Himalayan Rhubarb Tan Rya Wool
Himalayan Rhubarb Yellow Plant Dyed Yarns
Himalayan Rhubarb Yellows
Eucalyptus Leaves - Yellow
Eucalyptus Leaves Yellow
Eucalyptus Leaves Yellow

Purples
Purples Lilac and Grey colours are made by blending different natural plant dyes together.

Brazilwood Madder Alkanet
Brazilwood Madder Rya Rug Wool
Brazilwood Madder Rya Rug Wool
Alkanet
Alkanet Purple Rya Rug Yarn
Alkanet Purple Rya Rug Yarn
Alkanet Light Rya Rug Yarn
Alkanet Light Rya Rug Yarn
Alkanet Grey Rya Rug Wool
Alkanet Grey Rya Rug Wool

Greens
Most green colours are made by blending Blue Indigo dyed yarn with one of the Yellow natural dye plants.

Himalayan Rhubarb - Indigo
Himalayan Rhubarb Indigo Light Green Rya Wool
Himalayan Rhubarb Indigo Light Green Rya Wool
Himalayan Rhubarb Indigo Dark Green Rya Wool
Himalayan Rhubarb Indigo Dark Green Rya Wool

Blues
Blue colours are made by dipping yarn into natural Indigo or Woad vats. The depth of colour can vary greatly depending on the strength of the Vat and the number of times the yarn is dipped into the dye Vat.

Indigo - Indigo Fera Tinctoria
Indigo Blue Light Rya Wool
Indigo Blue Light Rya Wool
Indigo Blue Rya Wool Yarn
Indigo Blue Rya Wool Yarn
Indigo Dark Blue Rya Wool
Indigo Dark Blue Rya Wool
Indigo Blues Plant Dyed Yarns
Indigo Blues Plant Dyed Yarns