What are Mosaic, Dapple, & Glaze Dyeing?
Mosaic - take the colors from a regular colorway and apply in large random blobs of overlapping color. The results are some what less predictable though generally agreed to be gorgeous ;) You help prevent pooling with this method. You generally will have very little natural yarn peek through. So in a colorway where you have a lot of white you may only have specks, and in a colorway that usually has none you may still get some specks. Non-superwash yarns may travel more on the yarn whereas superwash colors stay where you put them. Non-superwash also tend to come out lighter (particularly Gaias) though not always. If selecting a non-superwash yarn for this technique I would recommend Mountain Meadow.
Daenerys is a Mosaic dyed colorway:
Grove (normally Dapple dyed) has been done Mosaic style here, see below for regular dapple dyed technique:
Dappled - A skein of natural (white) yarn is painted with drips, drops, blobs and spatters. It sounds a bit like Mosaic but the difference is that you'll have a background of white, and colors are put in specific sections. Think of the impressionists paintings where from a distance it look like a blue sky and green grass, but when you get closer its dots of blue, white, and grey for the sky and dots of blue, yellow and green for the grass. Dapple dyed has specific sections and will still pattern like regular hand painted but it painted impressionist style and the white background helps to break up the traditional pooling/patterning some. I have recently started doing a dry dye method for the non-superwash yarns which results in a finished product more like the superwash.
This is Grove painted in its normal fashion which is Dapple dyed, see above to view it done Mosaic style:
Impressionist's Rainbow is Dapple Dyed:
Impressionist's Rainbow without purple is dapple dyed and you can see the patterning in the FO below:
Glaze dyeing consists of a skein being coated in layers of overlapping color. This is a method I use for certain colorways but is not an option that you may choose for other colorways. Galze dyeing will only be done on superwash bases, and a glaze dyed colorway can not be done in any other style. For example in Arcadia: A section is dyed pink, a section is dyed purple, a section is dyed sort of a jade. Then a section that is part pink, part natural and part green is dyed bright orange creating 3 new colors. Then a similar process follows with an army green creating 3 more new colors. So many of the colors are "glazed" with layers of colors which give variety, depth and a little less predictability to the colorways. Trim colors will be limited to single layer colors for the most part, or may be very difficult to match to.
Arcadia is glaze dyed:
Danika is Glaze dyed:
It may be painfully obvious and slightly annoying at this point... but you may guess I was a painter (oil paints) before I became a yarn dyer. So I apologize for my wild creative dyeing tangents, LOL!