Naturally Dyed Threads

Moms naturally dyed threads will be featured in the upcoming issue of Piecework Magazine!

Whether you prefer silk, cotton or wool, our small batches make these threads extra special!

Many a dye enthusiast would be envious of moms set up! She has tents to protect the fires, (and friends) from rainy days. SO many burners cooking at once, SO many pots, colanders, utensils. SO many tubs of various sizes, buckets of synthrapol soaked threads and yarns that were mordanted in advance, And of course, clotheslines and drying racks galore!! ALL SUMMER LONG!

The Process

In Vermont natural dyeing is done throughout the spring, summer and fall. Each season brings to life a variety of berries, mushrooms, ferns, lichens, flowers, sawdust and vegetables that all have their special colors to offer. In addition, I purchase madder, cochineal and Indigo from places with warmer climates, in order to obtain a full range of colors. I dye cotton, wool, linen and many types of silk yarns for use in kumihimo, embroidery, appliqué, needlepoint and embellishing felt. Each type of fiber requires a specific mordant in order for the dye to adhere. The mordants I use are alum, tin, copper and tannic acid. Robin Russo

The Private Stash

This is a treasure that will be admired forever…… but never used. Mom put this array together for Christmas gifts many years ago. Lucky ME!

The Projects


Naturally Dyed Spun Silk


Naturally Dyed Silk Ribbon

15 colors, 4 yds of each color


Naturally Dyed Thread

Naturally Dyed 2 Ply Spun Silk


Sweet 4 inch skeins of 2 ply Spun Silk. Inexact yardage and one of a kind colors…while each box varies in colors, you would be purchasing THIS box as seen.

Naturally Dyed Silk Embroidery Floss

Lovely small batch natural dyes and sweet 4 inch skeins.


Naturally Dyed Silk Cord

Gorgeous.... small batch, 4 in long skeins, one-of-a-kind. Great for kumihimo


Naturally Dyed Cotton

Cotton Embroidery Floss


Not naturally dyed, but still lots of fun!

Chemically Dyed 3 Ply Wool

Needlepoint, Petit Point Stitching, Crewel


I enjoy making small 5-6 inch needlepoint squares. They are satisfying since they work up quickly. I can get 4 done with these sweet bundles of 10 yd skeins. While every bundle is different, you are purchasing THIS one. Happy to send pictures, upon request, of the others.

Wool loops, naturally dyed, woven into potholders!