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All about 3 colors

My dyeing journey continues. Taking 3 colors to create 6.


Using my own Tobacco Root Valley Colorways. As my 3 colors I started with Madison, Rye and Sumac


My bases were yarn, roving and top. My dyeing methods were, Handpainting and Pot dyeing. You can get so many variations with just 3 colors and 2 methods.



I started by thinking Gradient dyeing. Transitioning from one color to the next with pre-mixing the dyes. Giving me more control of the colors.



Knitting a sample is always a must for me when testing a new color.



I wasn't happy with the lack of depth in the larger skein.



Next, I took the same 3 colors using Targhee Top and DK weight yarn, this time I did all the dyeing in a pot. I fill the pot 1/4 (ish) of the way up with my main color, just enough that the fiber or yarn stays half under water and 1/2 above the water. The bottom 1/2 I used Madison, then on the top I split (visually) into quarters. 1st quarter Rye, 2nd quarter Sumac overlaying a little of both.

The depth was more what I wanted. Next, I knitted and spun samples.

The limits are endless. Please let me know what you think and which colors you like best


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I have 2 skeins of sumac I purchased last year from Yarnings in Helena. That shop is now closed due to health concerns. I think I would like to make a throw but need compatible colors. Are you able to help with pattern suggestion and coordinating yarn, and appropriate amounts. I am so taken with this yarn. Thank you?

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Kami Noyes
Kami Noyes
Jan 10, 2023
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@cathihillburgoyne I may be able to help. Matching Colors is way easier in person. I have a couple ideas for you. We could set up an appointment to visit my studio to yarn shop. Contact to setup an appointment or with any other questions -Contact | Ranching Tradition Fiber


Or if you get to Great Falls, Missoula, or Bozeman I would recommend checking out the yarn shops there that carry my yarns. You can find those stores here - Where to find us | Ranching Tradition Fiber

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