dye lot woes

31 Jan

Damn. Caron’s “Pebbles” (Wildflowers, #011) has been a favourite colourway of mine since i started working with the natural dyes. (My cloth is naturally dyed, not *most* of the threads, though some are occasionally.) The soft variations of purple and pink worked so well with rust and brazilwood, but alas, i noticed with the recent order that it wasn’t different pinks and purples, but completely different……………

The original on the left, the new on the right: greens, blues????????


Same name, same number, different dye lots.


I’m quite disappointed, but not really surprised. I’ve been buying this number for at least 5 years, and knew that eventually the dye lot would change, as it’s impossible to duplicate things over time. I did however think it would at least be close. Buying online precludes being able to actually see the difference, especially when the photo used is the “original” one. Even then, in real life, there would have been no guarantee that any in stock would all have been from the same batch!

Having used up one skein that was 3/4 left from other projects, i have one left of the original colourway. I’ll have to either integrate the new one, or find a reasonably close sub: Smoke is too blue, and Ash has too much white…..

In the grand scheme of things, most won’t notice the difference on the actual work, but i wanted that particular dye lot for other work as well.

AND lest anyone suggest i dye them myself, and ask why i’m not using naturally dyed threads instead of commercial “chemical” ones, i haven’t the skill, time or inclination to dye 1000’s of yards (praying that i get close to the colourway), and natural dyes do not do well on finer cotton threads in MY experience. I’m also not that much of a purist that everything has to be “natural” to get the colours or effects i want. Potassium permanganate after all is a chemical, not a natural. In my books, colour is colour, period. If that offends ya, too bad. My circus, my threads 🙂

C’est la Vie!


Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Dyeing


5 responses to “dye lot woes

  1. Kay Warner

    January 31, 2017 at 10:01 am

    That really is quite a big difference. I think it should have been given a different name and number.


  2. arlee

    January 31, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Entirely! I’ve emailed Caron, the manufacturer, but i highly doubt anything will be done, or change……………..


  3. freestyledesignblog

    January 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Have you tried buying some from a different source? As you probably know, many things can affect dyes, eg, humidity, temperature etc. A different shop may have older stock. Another possibility is Good luck.


    • arlee

      January 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      no, it’s the dyelot number. you can see it on the tags in the photo. no guarantee another shop will have the dye lot i want.


  4. arlee

    February 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Never did hear back from Caron (the “manufacturer”), but 123Stitch (where i bought it) offered to send me what was left of the dyelot that i don’t need–still, they give GREAT service, and i always recommend them!



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