Natural Dye Bulky Yarn - Staghorn Sumac Bark - Hand-Dyed - 100% Wool - Tonal - YAB101753 - 100 grams

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Bulky wool yarn hand-dyed with staghorn sumac bark (NOT poison sumac). The leaves, berries and bark are valued for natural dye, and we harvest the fuzzy berry cones that give the plant its distinctive "staghorns" to make wine, soda, an immune-boosting syrup, and a za'atar-like culinary spice. Sumac sends up new shoots every time I mow around the large stand outside my studio. To make this dye, I cut a young shoot from the edge of the stand and peel the fuzzy bark off with a knife.

Each skein of my naturally dyed yarn is unique. This listing is for the skein pictured, which has tonal variations. It's one mill-spun 100-gram skein of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool -- approximately 137 yards. Approximately 3 - 3.75 sts = 1" on #10 - 11 needles. In nalbinding with Broden stitch, one skein will make a solid-color hat similar to the indigo sample pictured.

I dye with plant materials I grow or gather myself using processes that are safely disposed of in my compost pile. Leaves, bark, blossoms and other parts of goldenrod, tansy, walnut hulls, mullein, and other local plants find their way into my yarns.

See more plant-dyed yarns at . Or to simplify shopping, use the "Search Items" box at the top of the main shop page ( to narrow down choices to one weight of yarn (I generally sell fingering, worsted and bulky). You can also use that search box to shop skeins of a particular color or plant dye (indigo, walnut, goldenrod, willow,hops, etc.) If you're selecting skeins for a particular project and concerned colors might read differently on your screen than mine, please send me a convo. I'm happy to take a snapshot of the skeins you're considering so you can see them together.

In addition to yarn, I use materials I grow and gather and eco-friendly processes to color and pattern silk scarves, which you'll find at Learn more about my dye processes and materials at

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