Changes in 2015

As you may have heard, John & Bjo Trimble are taking a step back and have passed Griffin Dyeworks on to their longtime friend and assistant, Theresa Wollenstein (aka me)! I have been helping the Trimbles with Griffin Dyeworks for twelve (!) years at workshops as well as managing their online store. If you’re wondering how these Read More


Store down for maintenance

Update 1/16: We’re back up and running! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you encounter any problems. Our online store is having some difficulties, and it may be a few days before we’re up and running again — in the meantime, feel free to email us at with questions or orders and we’ll Read More

At the Dyepots

About our dyes

As you’re checking out the dyes in our shop, you might have some questions! Here’s some general information about dyes in our catalog. BEST ON…: In product descriptions, a specific fiber may be listed as the best to use with certain dyes. However, most natural dyes work well on all natural fibers. Natural dyes do Read More


Medieval Embroidery

Griffin Dyeworks is branching out from dyes and roving to embroidery since we can tap into some amazing talent in that area. We have found some wonderful embroidery designs and are currently preparing kits of historical designs. Griffin Dyeworks has also self-published a truly informative book on the subject, written by Mary Jenkins, who is Read More



This is the plural of a very old low-tech Scandinavian fiber tool used in as a winder for making a center-pull ball of yarn. Norwegian: “Nest-stick”: nøste = nest; pinde = little stick; literally, ‘making a birds nest’. Also known as nøstie, nøsty, nøstepinne, nørstepinde, nystepinne, depending on which Scandinavian describes it. It’s also called Read More