Bright Red (Madder) Yarn

Bright Red (Madder) Yarn

Regular price £8.69 Sale

100% wool from Cheviot sheep, dyed in madder (Rubia tinctoria) root.

Thickness: Aran

Perfect for knitting, crocheting and naalbinding!

About the yarn:
The Cheviot originated in the Cheviot Hills, on the border of England and Scotland. They did well in those bleak, windswept conditions. They were first described aboud 1370 as 'a small but hardy race'. The Cheviot ewe can be found grazing up to 3,000 feet and is expected to live off the hill throughout the year. Nowadays they are appreciated and kept all over the UK.

About the dyestuff:
Madder is one of the most ancient dyes (it was used by the early Egyptians, and the Greek and Romans). In Medieval times madder root was traded in markets all over Europe – especially in France and England. In York up to now exist part of city known as a „Madder Market”. Red colour from madder was loved by Vikings. Among them red clothes were wear even by kings, and often given as a precious gift.