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.
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 CM||Knots per Row||Rows per Meter||Total Meters of Yarn||Total Grams||No. Skeins|
|100 cm||150||85||3060||1500 grams||30 skeins|
|80 cm||120||85||2450||1250 grams||25 skeins|
|60 cm||90||85||1850||1000 grams||20 skeins|
|50 cm||75||85||1550||800 grams||16 skeins|
|40 cm||60||85||1250||600 grams||12 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 3-4 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: £20.00 GBP
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|
|Brazilwood - Caesalpinia Sappan|
|Brazilwood Madder Blends|
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|
|Eucalyptus Leaves - Yellow|
Purples Lilac and Grey colours are made by blending different natural plant dyes together.
|Brazilwood Madder Alkanet|
Most green colours are made by blending Blue Indigo dyed yarn with one of the Yellow natural dye plants.
|Himalayan Rhubarb - Indigo|
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|