Solar Dyeing

field-sky-cloud-sun-landscape-landscapes1.jpgOur products are hand-dyed by us with the sun in small batches of up to two pounds of fiber or yarn.  We call this solar-dyeing, which is a process where the dyes are set using the power of the sun, as opposed to electrical power that could be derived from petroleum, coal, or nuclear power, which present environmental issues of serious concern. Our solar-dyed yarns and fibers use no consumable fuel sources to set the dyes and the processes are gentler on the fibers than other techniques that might require stirring or more dramatic temperature changes.

Our Yarns and Fibers are hand-dyed using low-impact acid dyes carefully selected for a low impact for the planet and the safety for the dyer, her small children and the fiber artists that use our yarns and fibers.  We have also made a decision not to use plant and animal dyes due to the large amounts of water we have found are required for that process.   We are located in an area that has low natural rainfall, and are determined to tread lightly on our waterways as a result.

Our yarns are selected for a lush feel against the skin and our process allows the yarns to stay that way. We also aim to give good value in our yarns, by using larger skeins. Take a look at our Products page to learn more about the yarns!  And click here for reviews of our yarns online or on podcasts.

We hope that you like the results and what it does for the planet.  We sure do.

About Us

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At Ceallach Dyes, we like big skeins of yarn, and so almost all our skeins are 8 ounces, which is roughly 4 standard 50g skeins or 2 standard 100g skeins of the same weight of yarn.  This means that you will purchase fewer skeins of yarn for your projects than you might expect.  This also minimizes the impact of dye lots on your projects, but please order sufficient quantities for your project.

Our process uses solar thermal energy in the dye process.  We have spent a lot of time looking at our dyes, and we have selected our particular dyes for their low-impact to the environment, the dyer and her family, and the artists that use the product for their textile arts.

We get alot of questions about the Ceallach Dyes name.  Ceallach is the old Gaelic spelling of our dyer’s given name, Kelley, and was chosen as a tribute to the old ways of interacting with the  world, in tune with the seasons and the movement of the sun relative to our planet.  Both names mean “warrior”, which helps us to remember that we are fighting for the future in our own little way.  Ceallach Dyes is pronounced as Kelley (Kel-lee) Dyes.