Great Lakes Hand Dyed

Name: Elizabeth Deremiah
Business name: Great Lakes Hand Dyed
Website(s): Great Lakes Hand Dyed Shop
What kind of items do you make?
Kettle dyed, variegated, self striping and color shifting yarns.

How long have you been in indie artist?
Since February 2012

What got you interested in your art of choice?
I love to knit and crochet. There was a point in my knitting and crocheting career that left me wanting more. I had read a few tutorials on dyeing yarn and decided to try it out on my own. I found it relaxing and another way to express myself as a creative individual. I love creating and sharing my yarns with others and hearing their glee when they receive squishy packages in the mail from me.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Other than the actual process of dyeing, my favorite part of being a yarn dyer is interacting with customers who are excited about my yarns and seeing what they make with it. I’m very guilty of looking through project knit with my yarn on Ravelry and squealing with glee.

What most inspires you?
My everyday life is my biggest inspiration. My life is full of geekery like Harry Potter, video games like Elder Scrolls and Final Fantasy. Also, funny situations that sound like great colorways often make their way into my shop.
What makes your creations unique?
I love experimenting with new processes of yarn dyeing. I’m always trying new techniques and seeing how knitters and crocheters like them. My shop is always full of new and interesting yarns.

Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
My current favorite is overdyeing yarns. I currently have a colorway that was inspired by new hair called Vibrato. It’s base is black, then overdyed sapphire blue and then overdyed purple. It is dyed on my favorite base which has merino, silk, nylon and metallic fibers.

What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
Something new and interesting to look for constantly. I hope to inspire people to check back in the shop every once in a while to see what I’m up to.
Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
People at my day job are always asking me what I’m knitting or dyeing. I have provided education to a lot of “muggles” (non knitting folk) about properties of wool and the process of dyeing. So there are some well educated muggles out there!

What is your fiber arts superpower?
Turning a ruined skein of yarn into something incredible. I have said “oh shoot” so many times. Often, they’re my favorite skeins!

How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
5 years ago, I was pretty young and still in high school. My fiber world was my mom’s crochet books and box store yarn. Now that I’ve seen and experience the wonderful people in the fiber arts world, I can’t imagine a life without it.

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