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Handpainted Yarn
Handpainted Silk, Merino Wool, Mohair, Cashmere and more...

 
Shown above: Artyarns fabulous pinks in Regal Silk, Supermerino , Silk Rhapsody Mohair, Silk Kid Mohair and handpainted 5-ply cashmere yarn
  From Gorgeous Handpainted Silk Yarns to Totally Luxurious Handpainted Mohair and Cashmere yarn, handpainted yarn is in a class by itself. The skill of the painter, the fiber, the type of dyes, even the temperature of the water used and whether the yarn is wet or dry when painted, all combine to become part of the technique of the fiber artist that does the handpainting. These are the works of craftspeople - not mass produced variegated yarns, but the real thing, so they are each different, completely unique, and extraordinarily beautiful.
 
Ferns 133
  artyarns regal silk
Melon 116
  Artyarns Silk Mohair
Purple Mist 108
 

Handpainted wool yarn

 

Handpainted silk yarn

 

Handpainted mohair $42.50 (Discounts Apply)

  Kid Mohair Yarn
Lavender 416
  artyarns cashmere yarn
Pastel Pink 110
  Artyarns Ultramerino
Forest 119
 

Handpainted Kid Mohair Yarn 19.75 (Discounts Apply)

  Artyarns Cashmere 5 Yarn
 

Handpainted UM4 Sock Yarn Ultramerino 4

  Artyarns Silk Fur
Pink Dawn 115
       
 

Handpainted fur yarn
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Handpainted Yarn

How are Handpainted Yarns made?

Each hank of handpainted yarn is individually painted with colorfast dyes, then rinsed repeatedly to remove excess dye. When you handwash your garment, the dye color may appear in the water, but this will not change the color of the yarn; it is simply excess dye washing away.

Handpainting yarn is an art and each handpainted hank is unique.

Yarns are often painted in batches of 4 to 6 hanks. Colors vary from one batch to another, so purchase enough at once to complete your project.

Working with Handpainted Yarns
The dyer rinses her yarns many times, but handpainted yarn will often bleed a bit more dye. Dye may come off onto your hands as you knit. The dye is harmless and easily washes away with soap and water.

Alternate hanks as you knit by working 2 rows from one hank, then 2 rows from another hank, etc. This helps avoid striping or pools of one color and create a more uniform and even distribution of color.

With mitered or modular knitting, you may wish to use one hank for one piece and another hank for the next piece. This technique gives a mosaic look to your garment.

Just remember to treat each hank as a different color and you'll only have happy surprises.

Care of Garments made with Handpainted Yarns
You may dry-clean your completed garment once to help set the dye, but thereafter it is still best to handwash the garment separately in cold water and lie it flat to dry.