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Our Yarns
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Written by Debbie Bamford   
Thursday, 24 March 2011 21:09

The business started because I couldn't find the silks I needed  to reproduce 17th Century embroidery. I learned to spin silk and then dye it so I had the yarns I needed for Living History events. Since the beginning it has been my aim to produce the best quality naturally dyed yarns that I can. The business grew and although I still produce the handspun silks the bulk of our yarns are now machine spun - silks in various thicknesses and embroidery wool (ideal for laceweight knitting as well as embroidery) and for knitting and crochet - wools that carry the British Wool mark and beautiful alpaca and alpaca silk blends. We are registered with the British Wool Marketing Board to use the logo so watch out for it on relevant labels.

Not knowing the dreadful reputation that goes with dyeing linen I happily added a variety of flax linen yarns to the repertoire (If I had read how difficult it's supposed to be, maybe I wouldn't have the vast range of beautiful colours available!)

We have a standard range of colours for the embroidery wools and silks. All can be dated to a specific period for those of you wishing to use them to embelish your historical costume, for those wanting to produce work in beautiful colours then simply match the colour to your design! We also sell colour collections designed to give examples of colours available in various periods of history - Viking, Mediaeval, Tudor.

A bit more detail

Romney 4ply

The Romney sheep can be traced back to the 13th Century so is ideal to use for historical projects. This British wool is processed for me by the Natural Fibre Company, where it is worsted spun to produce a 4ply weight yarn. It of course carries the British Wool mark. Following my environmental policy I use Bio D organic liquid for scouring, alum and cream of tartar as my main mordants and natural dyes that are ethically sourced or carry GOTS certification (in the case of extract dyes)

Sold in 50g hanks this yarn is ideal for hose or period knitting.  £7.50 per 50g hank

Wensleydale DK

The wool comes from Yorkshire, where it is worsted spun to produce a DK weight yarn. There are wool finds at Coppergate York which have the same crimp, sheen and micron count as this fibre - so it's my best guess for representing their yarn! Following my environmental policy I use Bio D organic liquid for scouring, alum and cream of tartar as my main mordants and natural dyes that are ethically sourced or carry GOTS certification (in the case of extract dyes)

Sold in 50g or 100g hanks depending on the size of your project that's a nominal 112 or 225metres in length.  £7.50 per 50g hank £14 per 100g hank

Organic Merino DK and Aran

The wool is produced and processed in South America, organically certified, woolen spun and in either DK or Aran weight. Following my environmental policy I use Bio D organic liquid for scouring, alum and cream of tartar as my main mordants and natural dyes that carry GOTS certification - extract dyes.

Sold in 100g hanks. £16 per 100g hank

Alpaca Sock

The yarn is produced and processed in South America,  woolen spun sock weight yarn. Following my environmental policy I use Bio D organic liquid for scouring, alum and cream of tartar as my main mordants and natural dyes that are ethically sourced or carry GOTS certification (in the case of extract dyes)

Sold in 50g hanks  £7.50 per 50g hank

Alpaca and Silk laceweight

The yarn is a blend of 80% suri alpaca and 20% tussah silk.Following my environmental policy I use Bio D organic liquid for scouring, alum and cream of tartar as my main mordants and natural dyes that are ethically sourced or carry GOTS certification (in the case of extract dyes)

Sold in 50g hanks, nominal 400m of yarn per hank £9 per 50g hank

Delice DK

This yarn is delice - ious! This 50% baby alpaca and 50% mulberry silk yarn is available as a DK weight.Following my environmental policy I use Bio D organic liquid for scouring, alum and cream of tartar as my main mordants and natural dyes that are ethically sourced or carry GOTS certification (in the case of extract dyes)

The yarn is sold in 50g hanks with a nominal length of104metres per hank. £10 per 50g hank

Pure Silk Lace

This yarn is sooooo gorgeous! It is 100% Mulberry Silk and drapes beautifully. Following my environmental policy I use Bio D organic liquid for scouring, alum and cream of tartar as my main mordants and natural dyes that are ethically sourced or carry GOTS certification (in the case of extract dyes)

The yarn is sold in 100g hanks.  £19.95 per 100g hank

We generally have a good selection of all our yarns available at the various markets we attend our Events Calendar page can tell you where we'll be. We have an Etsy shop where we sell in the winter or you can This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for what's in stock and we'll send photos and details.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 20:49