Color from the Montana landscape

There is so much magic hidden within plants & our surroundings! Living in Montana there is a nearly constant call to get outside, combining that with a love of wool and yarns, natural dyeing seemed to follow as I spent my hours wondering the woods, mountains and riversides.

I love the ongoing experiment of it all, the rush of finding and collecting dyestuff, the consideration of the mineral content of different waters, The shifting and modifying of colors with different mordants and modifiers. This year, we are quite excited this year to share with you a short afternoon session at the dye pots with a few different Montana harvested dyestuffs. We will all have a chance to dye some of our precious handspun and bring home some of the color of this beautiful landscape.

We soaked, we stretched, we spun!

Hello everyone, Madeline here & excited to continue to be a part of this wonderful retreat!

Where can we even begin to talk about the fun we had this past year? The combination of hot springs, gentle yoga, and wool in the hand is just, perfection (in my very biased opinion.) Here are some of my favorite photos from our time spent together:

and of course, the Montana landscape is not to be missed!

Meet Madeline


Photo: Madeline Keller-King.

Madeline Keller-King, a fiber artist based in Montana, will be helping out at Yarn+Yoga this year. She joined us last year with her bright smile and was enjoyed by all. She works at an LYS, the Woolery Mammoth, and manages the Creative Arts Center, both in Eureka, Montana. We are so excited that she is returning this year and will help out with sourcing some Montana wool, airport transportation, and such.

Here is Madeline (right) with Julie (left) who will also be joining us again this year. Can’t wait to see you both!


Color and Creativity at YYHS

Last October, sixteen spinners (including a few new spinners!) filled a huge, sunny room with laughter and a whole lot o’ wool. We started on Friday with a Fine-Tune Your Spinning class and then jumped into Color and Creativity for Fiber Artists.

We had a long tables in the Boulder Hot Springs Hotel covered in colorful fibers and sample textiles to help inspire our work.

And then, we started stitching fiber color wheels complete with tints and shades.

For 2018, we will continue our creative work and move towards putting our color ideas into yarns, stitches, and fabrics. During our long, relaxing weekend, we can make a series of small textiles that capture our inspirations. We can finish with an easy approach to the technical info we can glean from them and how to keep track of your work. I hope you can join us!


Photos: Madeline Keller-King, Mary S., and Kate Larson.