When you develop your own yarn from scratch, like we have done at Feel Good Yarn Company with SilverSpun®, you get to make it exactly like you want it. With us it was very important that we used only American grown cotton and that it was spun here in the US. Since the beginning, all of our yarns have been developed and spun at the Spin Lab on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
When it came to dyeing our yarn we wanted to make sure that we were as eco-friendly as possible. Realizing that textile production is the second largest water polluter in the world and that a majority of that is from synthetic dye waste, we sought out a company that could give us pollution free color. The stewards that we have chosen to dye all of our yarns are Winona Quigley & Tyler Stoltzfus of Green Matters Natural Dye Company. They use only natural dye ingredients. The use of synthetic dye materials is completely eliminated in their dyeing process. The part that really sold it for us though, is that the excess natural dye material is used as a natural fertilizer and reintroduced back into soil completing the sustainability cycle, creating almost zero waste! We liked that. A LOT.
To learn more about this truly earth friendly company, please visit Green Matters Natural Dye Company. Be sure to check out their list of workshop offerings. My daughter and I took a natural dye workshop and had a blast!