Schaefer Yan, in Interlaken, NY, closed a few years ago. But Cheryl Schaefer has been busy, continuing to dye and offer workshops at her house once a year or so. I’ve missed out in recent years but jumped at the chance when Fiber Arts in the Glen offered the session.
There was quite a stockpile of different bases in her shop. We would be working with Heather, a merino/silk/mohair blend. The result would be a marled look as each fiber takes the dye differently.
The skein gets folded into thirds with the ends on top of each other. Each folded end of this bundle is dipped in a different pot, then as the skein is opened, the real ends dipped in different pots. The center is dipped in the center pot.
This is a great workshop to get an introduction to dyeing. The weather was perfect and Cheryl has several gardens to admire. Of course, there are many methods to dye yarn but this one was fun for an introduction. And the Cheryl was a great instructor, full of experience and great stories to tell as we waited for the different steps to finish.