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Old Timey Madder Red

Martha Owen


Madder red is a root dye and a color of history. About 920 yards of varying shades pulled from the dye pot.  There is enough yardage to make a sweater or a large shawl. The wool comes from “Smudge” of our flock in western North Carolina.

  • 16″ x 16″ x 10″
  • Wood, madder root
  • Washed skeins were mordanted and dyed

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Martha Owen

Using inspirations from antiquity and nature I individually design yarns and custom made knit wear of wool and angora from my own managed flock of sheep. All colors are from the sheep or the natural/vegetable dye pot. A sheep is sheared, the wool washed, dyed, picked, and carded. Each thread is spun one at at time on a spinning wheel, and is then hand knitted into custom made garments. Some fleece is sent to a mill that guarantees my wool back to me in a simple yarn that I often dye. Related products such as roving, blankets and sheep skins are sometimes available. There is nothing like wool to show comfort and connection to a sustainable and healthy environment.

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