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Sparkling Diamonds (and other Birthstones) in Color!

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Strictly speaking, this isn’t about clothes, but it is about dyeing, which I’ve already been writing about here (and which applies to some of my changing-clothes posts). It’s also related to my current book proposal project, focusing primarily on the palette-dye recipe-dyeing yarn process— I’d love to have your feedback!

a Musing

After I started hand-dyeing my own line of yarns in January (you can read about this here), I decided it was the perfect time to start creating skeins inspired by the birthstone of each month. Here are my birthstone skeins so far. (Click on any photo to go to that yarn in my Etsy shop.)

Garnet, January’s birthstone, followed by Amethyst (February) and Aquamarine (March):

Aussi wool in GarnetMy Garnet hand-painted colorway, shown here in Aussi (100% Australian merino wool).

Garnet in Buttery Thick (100% alpaca).Garnet in Buttery Thick (100% alpaca).

Garnet in Ticklish (100% nylon novelty flag yarn). Click the photo to see this yarn in my Etsy shop.Garnet in Ticklish (100% nylon novelty flag yarn).

Amethyst in Softy (80% merino wool/20% cashmere). Click the photo to see this yarn in my Etsy shop.Amethyst in Softy (80% merino wool/20% cashmere).

Ticklish in Amethyst, February's birthstone. Click the photo to see this yarn in my Etsy shop.Amethyst in Ticklish (100% nylon).

Aquamarine in TicklishAquamarine in Ticklish (100% nylon).

Aquamarine in AiryAquamarine in Airy (100% alpaca).

Aside: Each of these sets of skeins was hand-painted with the exact same dyes; can you see how each of the different fibers absorbs the dyes differently? This is just one of the many…

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Author: colormusing

I'm a writer, color palette creator, and designer of fashion, costumes, graphics, knitwear patterns, and yarn.

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