So many of my designs start to take shape in my mind when I hold an amazing skein of yarn in my hand for the first time. Sometimes the yarn whispers to me about what it wants to be, and I’ve learned by now to listen carefully to its opinion.
The unique character of a yarn is an enormous part of my inspiration: its colours, fibres, and the story behinds its creation. Partnering with exceptional yarn companies is a vital part of my design process. The closer I can get to a yarn’s origins, the more special it becomes. From producers and mills to talented hand-dyers, I’m proud to recognise the creativity behind all of the yarns I use to create The Shawl Society designs.
Blacker Yarns and Blacker Designs were launched in 2008 as brands of The Natural Fibre Company, our specialist wool mill at Launceston on the Cornwall-Devon border of the UK. NFC spins all the yarns we use for the Blacker brand.
The dye plant produces the palettes for our own ranges of Blacker Yarns, carefully creating shades designed to tone with the natural fibre colours. Our knitting and crochet patterns aim to echo this philosophy.
Circus Tonic Handmade
Based in Sydney, Australia, I offer a wide selection of Australian Merino yarns for knitting, crochet and weaving. My beautiful, subtle and radiant range of colours is inspired by Australian native birds and the natural environment, adding a true beauty to your projects. Small-batch dyeing methods ensure the yarns maintain their supremely soft handle all the way to your door. I am proud and passionate about my yarns and hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Eden Cottage Yarns
Beautifully hand dyed yarns, original designs, and more. The yarn is dyed with an emphasis on simple but gorgeous colours, as well as sustainability, and ECY has become synonymous with a muted palette of semi-solid shades.
In 2011, Victoria moved to a cottage in Eden Valley in Cumbria, and Eden Cottage Yarns was born. It has since continued to grow rapidly, and Victoria now has a larger kitchen to work from, albeit in a more modern house (now in Wetherby, West Yorkshire). There is no workshop or drying room - all the yarn is dyed in the kitchen sink, and hung outside to dry when the weather permits. Being based in Yorkshire, Victoria is never far away from the beautiful countryside from which she draws her inspiration.
Julie is curious, she likes to understand and discover things.
Knitting for a long time, she wanted to make her own colors and her own yarns. In parallel with her work, she began her recipes, fiber mix, product development, color chemistry and the rest followed.
The business started five years ago with yarn soon overflowing their house.
JF her husband has joined the dye pots for a couple of years now. Since then, they are 6 employees and sell wool in about fifty shops and e-shop. It is their friends Zachary, Marie-Anne, Marie-Eve and Francis who help with the preparation, management ,website and logistic. It's family friendly.
Seven Sisters Arts
A love of color inspires Seven Sisters Arts to create coordinated gradients, variegated and semi solid yarn in palettes that work well together and that you will be delighted to wear. The natural beauty of the coast of Maine provides inspiration as we make small batches of hand dyed yarn. From our hands to yours.
The Fibre Co.
The Fibre Co.’s story began in 2003 with a small spinning mill, lots of natural fibre and a vision to create unique artisan yarns. From these humble beginnings to today’s global brand based in northern England’s Lake District, we work with a variety of producers and artisans to continue creating yarns that delight and inspire the enthusiast maker. We’re humbled to be able to work with Helen Stewart whose design creativity allows us to share amazing ideas with knitters around the world.
The Wool Barn
The Wool Barn is a small hand dyed yarn studio based in Hertfordshire, England. We are passionate about knitting and love working with wool. We carefully choose the highest quality yarns from trusted UK suppliers and lovingly dye them in our home studio, using professional wool dyes.
We share our dyeing and knitting adventures on Ravelry, Instagram and Facebook, come and join us for yarn filled fun!
Having met a couple of years ago as both owned yarn shops in Bath, Carmen and Sharon bonded over their mutual love of yarn and crafting and a mutual respect for each other's business ethics and acumen.
Carmen runs A Yarn Story and Sharon, Great British Yarns both specialising in unique yarns from around the world. The idea of a collaboration was put forward in the summer of 2016 and has since grown into Walcot Yarns. Opus is their first blend with several more in the works.
Walcot Yarns aim is to produce luxurious yarns for knitters and crocheters alike Indulgent fibres made to knit, wear and love.