Dyeing your own yarn can yield beautiful and unique colours. Over-dyeing pale, duller-coloured wools can produce the most beautiful muted tones, each with an individual appearance, which are great for knitted jumpers and . We used handspun yarn, but you can dye any pure wool yarn.

How to

If the wool is in balls, unwind it and form into a long, loose hank. Use a few short pieces of wool to tie the hank in several places. Prepare a wool-suitable dye as according to the packet directions. Place wool in dye. To prevent shrinkage do not immerse wool in boiling dye liquid.

To obtain a gently varied result like ours, do not stir the wool too much — this will allow some wool to be more exposed to dye than other sections of wool. Remove when the colour is as intense as you desire (remember the colour will appear much darker when wet). Squeeze out all liquid and allow to dry fat in the shade.

TIP: Store your wool in recycled to give as gifts or to decorate your home. Collect old jars with metal lids from markets and charity stores. Use a large nail and a hammer to make a hole in the centre of the lid of each jar. Turn the lid over and hammer the other side fat, to prevent it catching on the wool. Place wool balls in each jar and thread one end through the holes in the lids.

Project, photography and styling by China Squirrel