six different pictures of naturally dyed yarns in shades of green, blue, purple, yellow and pink/orange

You know that feeling when you want to learn something new but feel so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to start?

This is how I felt when I discovered the world of natural dyeing six years ago.
I’m Annika, a natural yarn dyer with a firm belief that the world will be a better place once we all start to create more and consume less.
I have a background in science which allows me to break down the different aspects of the natural dyeing process into easy to understand, step-by-step tutorials for you.

Where are You on your Natural Dyeing Journey?

Have you experimented with different plant materials and gained some experience already? Or are you a beginner and a bit hesitant to start because the whole process overwhelms you?

I would love to help get you started on your natural dyeing journey as well as provide tips, tricks and specific techniques for the more experienced natural dyers among you. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, let’s tackle this together, shall we?

In fact, I have compiled everything you need to know to get started with natural yarn dyeing into a beginner’s guide for you. And the best thing: it is available for free! You can get the Beginner’s Guide to Natural Dyeing here.

four hand dyed skeins of yarn in shades of purple and blue on a wooden surface and a text saying beginner's guide: natural dyeing. everything you need to know to get started dyeing yarn with natural dyes

Testimonial by Grace from New Zealand:

“I haven’t had this much fun for a long while, and it is an incredibly satisfying process, from start to finish.

I’ve recently come into natural yarn dyeing (as of July) and what started as a one-off project for my students has become an insatiable curiosity and hobby for myself! […] What a delight to create sustainable, natural tones without harsh synthetic dyes!

I’ve just completed several variegated yarns (as per your guide instructions) and turned a Queen Anne’s Lace dye into a white, green, and dark green wool. […] It turned out spectacularly, and I was able to gift it to my mother this weekend for her birthday.

Thank you for making your experiences known, both the book and your blog have been incredibly helpful to me.”

– Grace

When it comes to natural dyeing, choosing a specific dye plant to achieve a certain colorway is the first step. The second step is to decide which dyeing technique to use to achieve the color distribution on the yarn you are looking for.

What do I mean by this?

If you have a look at the picture below, you can see two skeins of yarn. They have been dyed with the same dyestuff (in this case logwood) but they look completely different.

two purple skeins of yarn, one lighter and one darker, next to some cornflowers on a white surface

Here is another example of how a specific natural dyeing technique can create completely different effects on yarn. In the blue sock, the color changes only slightly and in a natural looking progression throughout the sock. The other sock, however, consists of yellow and pink speckles on a cream background.

two handknitted socks, one light blue and one cream with yellow and pink speckles next to a vase of flowers on a wooden surface

How can you Achieve these Different Effects?

If you would like to learn how to create these different kinds of yarns, you can find all of the techniques in the natural dyeing technqiues ebook I have created for you. In the ebook, I show you exactly how to apply the different techniques to create all of these effects yourself.

Can you imagine the feeling of pulling your own beautiful, hand-dyed yarn out of the dye pot? And then getting to create something with it? Even if you don’t have any prior experience with natural dyeing?

tablet with an ebook about natural dyeing techniques. in the background you can see a white surface and a purple statice flower.

I can honestly say that this is exactly what I would have wished I had when I started my own natural dyeing journey five years ago. Unlike dyeing with synthetic acid dyes, where it is rather straightforward to create a variegated or speckled yarn because the uptake of the dye is much faster, using natural dyes is a complex and slow process. This is why I decided to create this guide on four different dyeing techniques to make the whole natural dyeing process more straightforward and easier for you.

Natural Dyeing Techniques Ebook

What will You Get?

The ebook contains four specific dyeing techniques to create different effects on yarn. You will learn exactly how to dye

  • solid,
  • tonal,
  • variegated
  • and speckled skeins of yarn using natural dyes.

You will receive the ebook in pdf format (23+ pages) immediately after your purchase.

excerpt of natural dyeing techniques ebook, showing the table of contents. several pictures of hand dyed yarns in different shades of purples and pinks.

Here is a look at the table of contents. As you can see, I also included a step-by-step tutorial on how to dye yarns with natural dyes (chapter 2). If you have never dyed a skein of yarn with natural dyes before, you should start with this tutorial. If you have some experience with natural dyeing or already read my blog post on how to dye yarn with natural dyes, you can consider directly moving on to the next chapter.

What can you Expect to Learn from the Ebook?

You will learn exactly how to create these four types of yarns: solid, tonal, variegated and speckled.

excerpt of natural dyeing techniques ebook chapter 3. a picture of some purple and blue colored hand dyed yarns and a text describing different yarn color variations.

What Others are Saying about the Natural Dyeing Techniques Ebook:

I am interested in learning about natural dyeing and read this e-book as someone who is a complete novice at the techniques used when dyeing with natural ingredients. The book is so clearly written and well thought out. I’m looking forward to experimenting and discovering some new (to me) natural colourways!

Margaret from Prince Edward Island, Canada

I found it interesting to read and I love the fact, that you provide information on the different dyeing techniques with natural materials, as there is hardly any information “out there” at the present moment (as you stated in the ebook). I am looking forward to trying out the variegated and speckled technique, as I have only been dyeing solid skeins with natural materials so far. I love your enthusiasm and passion for natural dying and enjoy reading your blog posts and look forward to your news letters.

Kind regards, Kelly from Switzerland

A really concise but thorough introduction to natural dying. Annika explains these basic techniques clearly without being too wordy, illustrating each step with photos as well. I think I will definitely be able to have a first attempt at dying after reading this!

Emily, Vienna, Austria

I enjoyed the ebook because it allowed me (as someone who has not used natural dye yet) to get a quickstart guide for a first dye project – AND enough further info on colour variations to inspire additional experiments.

Greetings from Saxony, Mara

The ebook is also available in my Etsy shop.

five pictures of different colored hand dyed skeins of yarn and a text saying 4 yarn dyeing techniques every natural dyer should know

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments or send me an email at