Dark Pink (Madder&Apples) Yarn

Dark Pink (Madder&Apples) Yarn

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100% wool from Cheviot sheep, mordanted in apples and dyed in madder (Rubia tinctorum) root.

Thickness: Aran

Perfect for knitting, crocheting and naalbinding!

About the yarn:
The Cheviot sheep comes originally the Cheviot Hills, area on the border of England and Scotland. They were first described in 1370 as 'a small but hardy race'. They survive well even in harsh conditions. The Cheviot ewe grazes up to 3,000 feet and can live off the hill throughout the year. Nowadays Cheviots are appreciated and kept all over the UK.

About the dyestuff:
This dark pink comes from madder (Rubia tinctoria) root and chopped apples (yes, we love experiments!).

Apples as a mordant have been used in traditional natural dyeing of Eastern European folk. We combined them with madder and scraps of iron to receive this wonderful dark pink.

Madder itself 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. The red colour from madder was loved by Vikings. Among them, red clothes were worn even by kings, and often given as a precious gift.