|Susan with her "right hand woman" Karen at one
of the many Fiber Shows where you can find them.
Last February, at Madrona, I got to see their yarns and meet Susan myself, and kept running into her at nearly every fiber event I went to this year. I picked up a skein of Dredz to experiment with during the Rose City Yarn Crawl, and started discussing colors with Susan for a potential kit club at Black Sheep Gathering.
Let's learn more about Susan and Abstract Fibers...
|Dredz in Cascade and Mousse
for our next Kit Club!
• How long have you been dyeing yarn?
About 7 years
• How did you get started dyeing?
It all started with quilting thread. I learned to dye thread then later applied what I knew to fiber and then yarn. I was spinning and my favorite dyer retired. I figured I needed to dye my own to make up for the loss.
• What is your background?
I studied computers in college and worked for Chevron for about 20 years. After I left corporate life I started quilting. That's where I learned about color.
• Do you have any special experience with art or science that influences your dyeing?
Not really. I suppose my inability to draw or sculpt left me with the abstract. I've always loved rich colors.
• What makes your yarn special or unique?
I think it's the color palate. I often use a touch of complimentary or contrasting color. The colors are also very rich and vibrant.
• What is something interesting about your dyeing process that non-dyers might not know?
We use a process called cold pour dyeing. We lay the yarn out on a table and paint it with squirt bottles. Then we wrap it up and steam it to set the dye. It allows us a lot of control of the colors.
• How do you choose your colors and name your yarns?
The colors are a palate that pleases me. The colorways come through a variety of ways. Some are simply from playing with colors, sometimes an image or theme inspire a colorway. We have a lot of booze names. Wine, beer, cider, cocktails... and Northwest names.
• Where do you find inspiration?
Nature, photos, works of art, fashion.
Just The Facts
• How many colorways do you have? More than 100
• Do you create seasonal or special order colors? Yes. Sometimes we make special colors for clubs or yarn crawls. Seasons inspire colors but we offer most year round.
• How many and what types of bases do you use? Lots. 12 or more yarns and at least that many fibers.
• Where do your yarn bases come from? Wholesale suppliers. The fibers are sourced from around the globe and milled in several different countries.
• Where can we find your yarn? LYSs and online? Yes. Both. As well as at many fiber festivals and in our home studio.
• What are your favorite colors? Chartreuse, red, red orange.
• Favorite fibers? Silk. Cashmere. Merino. Yak.
• Do you crochet, knit, or spin? What came first? Knitting then spinning. Crochet confuses me.
• Anything else you would like to share? I love to cook and have two Portuguese Water Dogs.
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