Behind the Scenes with Dragon Strings

Behind the Scenes with Dragon Strings

In anticipation of our upcoming trunk show with Dragon Strings, we asked them some questions... and here are the answers!

With our very first trunk show/pop up shop with Dragon Strings coming up this Saturday, October 6th, we thought you might appreciate knowing a little bit about this amazing dyer and her story...
 
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and Dragon Strings.
 
Dragon Strings was set up about three years ago, so I'm a fairly new dyer although I've been playing with colour for a long time. In a previous existence I was a Graphic Designer and Screen Printer so the wonderful world of colour and ink is a familiar one for me. My background helps me see how the colours will work together and how to mix things up to get the colours that I'm actually looking for rather than rely on pre-mixed dyes from the manufacturer. 
 
All of my yarns are carefully chosen as I tend not to work with yarns that I wouldn't want to use and wear, so my bases tend towards the super soft, superwash, fingering weight yarns. I do have a few DK, worsted and lace weights as well. 
 
I use professional acid dyes and a variety of techniques to create what you see. I do take custom orders, even for small orders, and can match most colours that you can think of. However I do not do self-striping yarns. Everything I create I market as a 'one of a kind' because the chances of me getting that exact repeat is fairly small. I don't tend towards any sort of repeatability, and I don't keep track of my colours so if you love it get it! (And if you want the same as something else please take a picture so I can recreate it!) I am able to batch dye if someone is looking for a specific quantity of a colour. 
 
I'm based out of Victoria Harbour, (10 min north of Midland and 40 min from Barrie) right on Georgian Bay and I love it here. I'm originally an Alberta girl, but I've lived in Ontario for the past 9 years and I still can't get over how beautiful this area is. Also how much snow there is, but that's a different story!
 
2) How long have you been dyeing yarn? How did you get started?
 
I've been playing with colour in all forms since my early teens. I've tie-dyed many a shirt (even when it wasn't cool) made my clothes and hair all the colours of the rainbow and played with inks in both a professional (screen printing) and personal way (calligraphy). I didn't think about putting all that colour theory to use on yarn until about 5 years ago. I took a workshop about space dying yarn and have been hooked ever since! 
 
3) Where do you draw your dyeing inspiration from?
 
Most of my yarns are experiments, and start with the phrase 'I wonder what would happen if....' sometimes it works, sometimes... well, I can always overdye it black. :) If I'm trying to recreate something it's usually either a picture of something natural (sunsets and travel pictures feature heavy into this category) or something geeky. (Comics, video games, books, science experiments - if it is off the beaten path, I'm probably into it) 
 
4) What is your favourite colourway right now?
 
My personal favourite is always the one I just dyed! I'm currently knitting with both Dragon's Egg, and Magpie. My most popular colours are Roy's in the Clouds Again, and Dirty Hippy. Oh, and anything on a gradient. :) 
 
5) What yarns are you most excited to bring to Spun for your trunk show? Anything new?
 
Newish is Sleipnir, (came out this year) and it's my favorite base. Super smooshy, hella durable, and the only one I say you can throw into the washing machine without the monsters having a snack on it. Depending on how you like your fabric it can be knit from fingering all the way up to DK gauge and still look good. 
 

I can't wait to see and squish all the yarn Dragon Strings brings with them!!!  Hope to see all of you on Saturday!

 

Peace, Love and Fleece,

Danielle

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