Our 2023 Vendors

Our Vendors’ Gallery Marketplace is always the most anticipated feature of The Scottish Yarn Festival; the place to find materials and inspiration for your future crafting projects, the chance to meet and talk with the makers behind your favourite independent brands, to indulge in a little celebrity spotting.

Famed as the event for discovering and supporting up-and-coming fibre businesses since 2016, you’ll also find veterans of our community who have travelled the length and breadth of the UK to converge in Perth for our annual celebration.  


This year we are delighted to bring you:



Aister ‘oo’


Our family have been on our Croft in the Shetland Islands for literally hundreds of years.  In 2020 we embarked on getting our natural, native, lively Shetland Sheep’s wool made into yarn.  It’s 100% Shetland, 100% from our Croft and is hand sheared.  We now have over thirty five colours of natural and dyed shades to chose from.

Although sadly unable to join us in person this year, you will find a selection of Aister ‘oo’ products at the ‘FLOCK’ stall at the Festival.





AMOyarn started with Beki and John creating bold and bright colourways inspired by; things we love, our Scottish environment and of course from our children’s input.  We love to bring a spark of colour across our bases and currently we are mixing up new exciting colours.  Our name AMO comes from our clan motto and translates to ‘I love yarn’.  This offers us the opportunity to work together as a family, offering small batches of colourways, often one of a kind with some repeated favourites along the way, in our family home on the west coast of Scotland.



Annfield Farm


Nestled in the rolling hills of Fife, Annfield Farm is family owned and run.  We are the 4th generation farming here although things have greatly changed through the years.  We are a small team of two, Andrew and Laury-Anne, partners at work and in life.

We run a growing flock of pedigree Angora goats and are entirely slaughter free with the aim to raise happy animals.  The sheep wool we use is carefully selected from a very small number of farms around us, that we personally know, and where the animals are respected and extremely well looked after. The Shetland fleeces are mainly from smallholders and the pure new wool comes from two different farms, both within 10 miles of us.

We aim to be eco-friendly so our yarns are 100% wool and never mixed with plastic, our packaging is made from recycled materials whenever possible and either recyclable or compostable.





BalticKnits offer knitting kits to craft traditional Latvian mittens.  Their patterns are based on several centuries old traditions, adjusted to modern day knitter’s abilities.  The wide variety they offer allows any knitter to work with their kits – from beginner to highly experienced.  All kits are presented in a reusable box with coloured pattern, step by step instructions, and yarn in a range of shades.



BIPOC In Fiber


BIPOC in Fiber is a website and resource portal designed to amplify and celebrate the work of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour working in the fibre industry.  BIPOC in Fiber is the idea of Britain’s most prominent black knitwear designer, Jeanette Sloan.



Blue Dot Yarn


Blue Dot Yarn is a small batch dyer based on the West Coast of Scotland and is inspired by the sights and sounds that can be found on our Pale Blue Dot.  Merino and Blue Faced Leicester are my favourite yarns to work with and I will also have a selection of hand twisted semi-precious gemstone stitch markers.



Bobble and Badger


After working in a local yarn shop and being inspired by my crochet loving auntie, I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own yarn, and Bobble and Badger is the end result.  I love experimenting with colour and draw inspiration from colours in nature and also from my favourite films and TV.



The Border Mill


The Border Mill are a small family run spinning mill in the Scottish Borders.  Alongside processing fleeces for the owners of alpacas, rare breed sheep, and other fleecy beasties (they’ve even spun wolf fur!) they spin a small range of yarns under their own brand name.   Many of these yarns combine alpaca with other luxury fibres such as silk, mohair, and rose fibre; but they’ve recently fallen in love with locally grown sheep wool, including North Country Cheviot from the Southern Uplands.



Boutique Diggly


The Shire of Bespoke and Hand Made Magic.  For All Who Enjoy the Finer Things in Life.  Natural Fibre Yarns, Fabrics, Bespoke Pieces, Artisan Essentials.



Bow Fiddle Yarns


Louise’s love of colour can be seen in the spectrum of yarn she brings to our marketplace.  As well as dyeing the yarn, she also makes stitch markers, yarn cosies, and shawl cuffs.  If you are looking for the perfect skein or project inspiration, there is lots to choose from at the Bow Fiddle Yarns stall.



Brawliemuir Farm


Brawliemuir Farm is a young reality based on animal welfare, eco-sustainability, respect for life and nature, and the principle that inspires us is that it is morally right and materially possible to interact with the environment without plundering it, to raise animals without abusing them, to obtain quality products without forgetting the rhythm of nature.

Matteo is in the early days of his fibre journey and as such his stock of Hebridean and Cashmere blend yarn is not large enough to support a full stall at our event.  However, you will be able to find his special yarn at our ‘FLOCK’ stall.





Karen is the owner behind Buzzinyarns, which came about from her love of crochet and yarn and a dyeing kit she was given as a birthday present in 2019.  She loves the endless possibilities you have with yarn dyeing and finds that inspiration comes from all sorts of things including songs, films, books, and nature.  Her yarns are created in small batches and she does love a speckle!

Buzzinyarns was the winner of our 2022 Spirit of the Festival Award.



Caithness Croft


We produce yarns from fleece that would otherwise be destined for burning or burial and create knitting and crochet patterns under the Beardychiel name.  We also stock wooden dealgans that are crafted in the Scottish Highlands, as well as fun stitch markers and needle gauges.



Caithness Yarns


Caithness Yarns offer high quality, often unique yarns from High welfare flocks up in the “True” North of Scotland (including shepherd Graeme’s own.)  Their range has a series of yarns from the old fashioned style of hill sheep here in Caithness and Sutherland, these demonstrate the greatness of the wool you can get if you breed for it and focus relentlessly on sheep health and welfare.  The other strand to Caithness Yarns are their “Rare Breed” yarns.

Starting with their own flock of Castlemilk Moorit sheepies, they offer one-off, unique small batch yarns mostly undyed and unbleached.  As a matter of good ethical business practice Caithness Yarns use a concept for sourcing the fleece that makes their yarns what they call “Living Value.”  This means they set a respectful value for fleece when they buy it that better reflects the hard work and care that good farmers and crofters lavish on their stock.



The Cocoon Tree


I have been sewing for over 50 years and I’m lucky enough to have made this my career, making Irish dance costumes as my day job, as well as having worked abroad in the clothing industry.  It was suggested to me by my niece, Amy Palko (of the Meaningful Stitch Podcast), that I should try making project bags in my spare time, and two years ago the seed of The Cocoon Tree was planted.

Although sadly unable to join us in person this year, you will find a selection of Cocoon Tree products at the ‘FLOCK’ stall at the Festival.





Debonnaire provides the most luxurious yarns with a mission to inspire creativity.  Using a classically inspired palette and innovative dyeing techniques, Erica creates unique and vibrant colourways on a wide variety of yarn weights and textures.  Our yarns are hand dyed in small batches and our process is focused on the exploration of colour.  We strive to create yarns that are not only beautiful but versatile and hard wearing and suitable for a wide range of fibre arts projects.  While we offer all weights of yarn, Debonnaire has a particularly large selection of lace yarns.



Di Gilpin


After 30 years of working in the industry, Di Gilpin’s client and collaboration black book boasts some of the very best labels in couture and innovative fashion; Nike, Mark Fast (for Kanye West), Margaret Howell, April Crichton, Hancock VA, Topshop Unique, Cabbages & Roses, Paul Hardy, Sophia Kokosolakis, Graeme Black, Meadham Kirchhoff, Erdos 1436, Bette Midler and Helena Bonham Carter.

Di continues to design pattern collections under her own name which can be worked in her luxury Scottish yarn brand, Lalland Lambswool which is available in both DK and Aran weights and with over 22 colours. Lalland is spun in Scotland and balled in Yorkshire at Laxtons Mill.  Her patterns explore and create new symbology through deep-rooted gansey stitch patterns, combine techniques such as intarsia and circular knitting with traditional stitch patterns and cables.  Published in September 2021, Di is co-author of The Gansey Knitting Sourcebook.



Dina’s Home of Crafts


Dina’s Home of Crafts has been an awesome adventure beginning in August 2014.  Behind the neatly stacked shelves of luxurious yarns, fibre, and all sorts of accessories in her boutique yarn store in Halesowen stands Dina, a rather shy girl from Latvia.  If you are looking for advice for what works best for your project, she is the person to go to.

Her life has always been filled with unravelling balls of yarn and needles.  She is not afraid of colours and always comes up with bold and exciting combinations.  Her work is greatly inspired by her roots in Eastern Europe.  She takes pride of working with yarn and fibre coming from mulesing free sources as well as currently working to offer a variety of vegan friendly options.  And lately she has been working hard to provide a non-superwash Aran Romney base too.

They are proud to offer Dharma dyes for yarn and other fibres, and are also stockists of Lykke needles, Knitpro and Hiyahiya products, Knitting Barber accessories and Muud project bags.



DuckyDarlings Yarns


DuckyDarlings is a hand dyed yarn business from the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.  We produce a variety of colours, yarn bases, and skeins in various sizes.  New for this year are our Pick n Mix minis and we hope to bring one of our circular sock knitting machines to have with us on the stall.



Dystopic Fibre


Jon is the dyer behind Dystopic Fibre, based in Glasgow, Scotland.  Dystopic Fibre references a wide range f mushroom species in it’s colourways, paired often with apocalyptic-themed narratives from pop culture.



Edelweiss Fibres


Edelweiss Fibres produces small batch hand dyed yarns on luxurious bases in colourways inspired by florals and Scotland’s natural beauty.  Mariette runs the business out of her garage in Livingston, just outside of Edinburgh.  She specialises in tonal and variegated colourways, but offers a sprinkling of speckled colourways as well.  All dyed up on yarn bases ranging from sturdy BFL, to soft merino, to fluffy mohair.  Her yarns are accompanied by a range of independent publications and a small selection of notions.

The shop gets it’s unusual name from Mariette’s grandmother who ran a yarn shop of her own and whose lifelong love of all things crafty inspired Mariette to pick up her first pair of knitting needles.  Edelweiss Fibres is Mariette’s way of spreading the warmth and connection that yarncraft has brought to her life.





FibrePunk is an independent dyer based in Glasgow.  Taking inspiration from art and music they create variegated and self-striping colourways on a variety of bases of yarn and fibre.



Flora Fibres Yarn


Flora Fibres Yarn specialises in a large range of naturally dyed, plant fibre yarns and spinning fibre, including both hand spun and machine spun yarns.  All are dyed using traditional, colour-fast dye plants to create a gorgeous natural rainbow of colours.  As the full range of Flora Fibres products are plant based, they are ideal for vegans, people who can’t wear wool, and anyone wanting to explore some exciting alternatives for future projects!



Folkestone Harbour Yarn


Based on the South England Coast, Folkestone Harbour Yarn is a dye studio run with sustainability in mind.  Taking colour inspiration from the local seascape and history, we offer uniquely hand dyed colours on a range of wool fibres including Kent Romney, our local breed, and an eco-conscious bio-nylon / merino sock blend.  We also offer naturally dyed wools, coloured using home grown dye plants.

Alongside our yarns you will find our own-design notions and accessories, original crochet and knitting patterns, plus kits and project bags.



Folklore Yarns

Folklore Yarns are a yarn shop and cafe in East Belfast, Northern Ireland.  They specialise in natural, local yarns and have a wide range to choose from.  They source as much as they can from Ireland and the UK including small mill spun, local hand dyed, as well as top quality yarn producers.  Folklore Yarns also have their own range of yarns – ‘Traditions’ is a traditional Donegal aran tweed and ‘Faerie Folk’ their luxurious DK merino mohair mix.



Ginger Twist Studio


Ginger Twist Studio is the cutest wee bijou wool shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Stacked floor to ceiling with a wide variety of delicious yarns, books and haberdashery, it is truly a destination for crafters.  It is also home to Ginger’s Hand Dyed.  Our in-house wool comes in everything from lace weight to chunky.  Pop on by for a squish.



Hawkshaw Sheep


Hawkshaw Sheep produce natural coloured yarns, carded batts, roving and Tweed cloth from the fleeces of their own animals which graze on a hill farm in Tweedsmuir, the Scottish Borders.

Traceability at every step is extremely important to shepherdess Sue, and Hawkshaw Sheep wool is processed by the Natural Fibre Company at their mill in Cornwall.



Hodgeheg Creations


Hodgeheg Creations is a small creative business based in Edinburgh selling handmade items for knitters and the wider world of crafters.  The majority of products are nature inspired and use lots of floral and animal prints.  Each fabric choice or charm becomes small batch items such as project bags, stitch markers, tote bags and glasses cases, making every one special.  



Hooked By Design


Hello!  Carole got hooked on hooking about 25 years ago and has developed her craft over that time.  Hooking is a wonderfully, therapeutic and relaxing craft and beautiful things can be made using the hooking technique.  Using British carpet yarn in gorgeous muted shades Carole designs cushions, pictures and rugs and then creates her own kits to inspire others to give it a go.





Having taught art and design, fashion, and textiles for over 30 years in academic settings Jaki Bogg is now a knitwear designer who also dyes her own range of yarns.  She has created an extensive range of colours which she uses like a painting palette in order to interpret an idea of certain feelings:  heat, pleasure, relaxation, colour, history, landscape and texture.



Iolair Yarn


Iolair Yarn is a small independent hand dyeing business based in East Lothian.  As a former geologist, I am fascinated by Scotland’s magnificent landscapes and captivated by the ever-changing light and rich colours that alter through the seasons.  Using my own dye recipes, I try to capture and reproduce these shades.  The yarn is hand dyed by me in small batches and I only use natural (non-plastic), non-superwash fibre blends.

I also enjoy designing garments and accessories with my yarn in mind.  My patterns are inspired by the natural world:  a particular place I have a deep connection with, rock formations, or my love for the sea.  My ethos is all about the connection with nature, trying to capture and memorise the feeling when you are out and about.



Jeanette Sloan Design


As a child Jeanette was always drawing, stitching or doing something creative and her Mum taught her to hand knit at the age of 7.  Her fascination with yarn, texture and colour led her to study for a degree in textile design where Jeanette specialised in hand and machine knitting, learning to crochet, bead and embroider along the academic journey. 

Colour is very important to Jeanette and her design process often begins with a search for an intriguing stitch that will inspire creative juices to flow or a decorative detail that will add a stylish, contemporary edge.  Jeanette has worked as a freelance textile designer and tutor teaching both machine and hand knitting and as an accessories aficionado has written several books on hand knitting.  Much lauded in the Industry, Jeanette is consulted by some of the best hand knitting brands in the UK and her designs are commissioned in several UK knitting magazines including The Knitter, and Knitting Magazine.  She is also a columnist for Laine and was awarded a British Empire Medal in the King’s Birthday Honours.



The Journal of Scottish Yarns


The Journal of Scottish Yarns is a bi-annual print and digital magazine, all about promoting Scottish yarn:  past, present, and future.  Every issue includes in-depth articles about people, places, history, and businesses involved in Scottish yarn and textiles, as well as a range of specially commissioned craft projects inspired by Scotland and using Scottish materials (always knitting and crochet, plus weaving, embroidery, and crewel work – so far!)



Lammermuir Wool


Lammermuir Wool is home-grown, single-farm wool which is 100% Shetland wool.  The wool comes from their own Koru Lammermuir Flock who graze peacefully in the Lammermuir Hills, East Lothian.  Guardian of the flock, Suzie, believes that well-tended land and loved sheep makes for superb wool.

This fine, soft wool is hand-sheared and mill-spun into a range of practical weights from single-ply to Aran weight; available in a palette of natural and hand-dyed hues which reflect their origins.



Lynsey Walters Jewellery


After gaining a 1st class BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles Lynsey went on to receive a MA at the Royal College of Art graduating in 2000. After the success of her graduation exhibition, she decided to set up her own business initially selling to stores such as Designers Guild and VV Rouleaux.  After receiving mentoring from the Crafts Council, Lynsey explored the American market and took part in the NY Now trade exhibition.  An exhibition she would return to year after year building up clients such as the New York Museum of Art and Design, the American Folk Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design.  She also took part in Craft Scotland’s collaboration with the American Craft’s Council and exhibited at their large retail event in Baltimore.

Lynsey’s work is inspired by her collections of old toys, nic-nacs and Bakelite jewellery.  It has nostalgic notion but is also design led, bright bold, fun, and easy to wear.

The work combines handmade felt that Lynsey makes herself and industrial felt – all the felt is beautiful quality merino wool.

Lynsey makes everything herself from her studio in Fife, Scotland.



Midge Porter Designs


My name is Miriam (Midge Porter Design).  I live and create in the rural Glenkens region of Galloway, within Scotland’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – internationally recognised as a world class environment for people and nature.  I am a natural yarn and embroidery thread hand dyer, and a Cross-stitch and Blackwork embroidery designer.  I also sew complimentary items such as craft project bags and pattern / notion wallets.

I am a proud supporter of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, whose three goals are CONSERVATION (promoting the preservation of wildlife, habitats, and landscape), LEARNING (supporting a better understanding of nature and global issues), and DEVELOPMENT (fostering a sustainable economy and society) here in southwest Scotland.  I use naturally foraged and locally sourced dye products to create colours that reflect my wonderful natural environment.  I create stitched designs that  reflect historical techniques and also revive then into modern, quirky designs.  I share my knowledge and skills with local craft groups and at local schools aiming to promote and retain heritage craft skills for future generations.





Moorit is the independent magazine for crocheters.  We focus on wearable garments and accessories in natural fibres for the modern crafter.



Mothy and the Squid


Mothy and the Squid is an artisan dyer specialising in ethically sourced premium yarns.  Each skein is inspired by Nature and hand dyed in small batches using techniques to minimise waste and environmental impact.  We focus on unusual and beautiful species including sea life, flowering plants and colourful insects.



Mrs Lam Yarns


Mrs Lam Yarns and Ka Lok Shek Ellen were born at the same time with a passion for playing with colour and sewing.  The inspiration for the hand dyed yarn has a focus on the Chinese heritage which spans from literature, music, and special occasions.  As a crafter, there are never enough project bags so we started to make some to suit all types of projects with an eye for attention to detail.



Needle and Fred


Hand dyed delicious British yarns that spark the fire in your creative soul.  If you like a high fibre diet with a healthy side of puns, give us a purl!

Colourways are carefully created, favouring deeply layered tonals and curated variegated styles, in a moody, muted yet vibrant palette.  If you know the feeling of walking into a craft shop and internally oooh, that is what we aspire to create.

Our ethos goes beyond just making pretty things.  Supporting British wool is a core Needle & Fred value.  Bluefaced Leicester yarn is at the heart of Needle & Fred, in a variety of weights from lace to aran.  Alongside the delightful squishy stuff, you’ll also find a selection of goods that her creative technical and design background allows Libby to dabble in.  This includes hand-printed tote bags, stitch markers, knitting jewellery and customisable wooden sock blockers.



Nervus Fibre


Nervus Fibre was born from my love of creating.  Colour is something I have found everyone can enjoy, and I find so much inspiration in people’s individual styles and palettes.  I take a lot of inspiration from the natural world, and also the landscapes and characters in the books I read.

Knitting and crafting aren’t just an enjoyable past time for me, they allow me to settle my endlessly busy brain, and give my fidgety fingers something to occupy their wanderings.  I love the soft, quiet colourways and beautifully tactile yarns.

I like to think that my yarns are a reflection of myself, so if you like quiet, introverted colours, and fibre that are a bit fuzzy around the edges..  you are in the right place.



New Lanark Spinning Company


Spinners of luxury yarn made from 100% British wool.  Spun on historic machinery in the mills of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at New Lanark.



Quack Yarn 


Quack Yarn began in 2020 and every skein of hand dyed yarn is still dyed in my little garage studio at home in York.  I like to describe my yarn as “for crafters who love colour” because with Quack Yarn you will find no shortage of bright and expressive, glowy midnight tones, and even an occasional neutral to make the colours really pop!  The inspiration for Quack Yarn colourways is drawn from all facets of life but, as a Scottish dyer living in England, a particular favourite is taking the colours and atmosphere of Scotland and translating them onto yarn.



Rainbow Heirloom

Brilliantly vivid colourways and gorgeous yarns hand-dyed in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Rainbow Heirloom specialises in bright and fun semi-solids, full of depth and complexity.  Perfect for knitting and crochet projects of all sizes!  You can also find a selection of kits, with everything you need to create modern heirloom pieces.



Sealy MacWheely


Sealy MacWheely is Kirkintilloch’s Local Yarn and Fibre Shop stocking a variety of hand dyed yarns and fibres created on site by the owner, Katie.  In addition you can also find a wide selection of knitting accessories including ChiaGoo and KnitPro plus spinning and weaving equipment by both Ashford and Kromski.



Shearing Crafts


I am a shearer based in Aberdeenshire, specialising in pets and small flocks.  These fleeces are the raw materials for my wet felted rugs.  They look like traditional sheepskins but are 100% wool, made by hand using soap and water.  They are sustainable, eco-friendly and washable.  I will also have local raw fleece and carded batts.



Soft Accents UK


Soft Accents UK produces vibrant handmade totes, project bags, and pouches inspired by colourful African and contemporary fabrics, for knitters, crocheters, and individuals.  Soft Accents UK believes in producing durable well-crafted products for those who enjoy something unique yet useful for themselves or to give as gifts.

The ‘Soft’ in Soft Accents UK is because of the love for fabric, colour and pattern, the more vibrant the better.  Mostly, it’s the love of how fabric feels, especially cotton… it’s so tactile, it’s so cool to touch, and oh so wonderfully soft.

The ‘Accent’ in Soft Accents is about taking a beautiful piece of cloth and mulling over what I can do with it; cut and shape, fold, pleat, gather, mix, match or contrast.  The possibilities are only limited by the imagination.



Third Vault Yarns


Third Vault Yarns provides deep, rich and colourful science fiction and fantasy inspired yarns, and a mixture of classic and geek knitting patterns accessible to everyone.



Tine and Floyd


Tine and Floyd offer a wide variety of hand spun and hand dyed yarns as well as various animal and plant fibres and blends.  They are dealers for SpinOlution Wheels.





TOFT is a British craft company based in rural Warwickshire and home of the Edward’s Menagerie and Alexandra’s Garden collections of crochet animals and flowers by Kerry Lord.  Bringing traditional crafts and contemporary designs together using luxury materials, we specialise in beginner knitting and crochet kits and have a wide range of pattern books and British wool.



Trava & Wool


Hand dyed yarn, fibre, and second hand textiles dyed with plant extracts, flowers, and other natural materials.  Hand embroidered project bags and quirky knitted toy kits.  Some handy patterns to keep us warm and happy.



Uist Wool


Uist Wool runs a spinning mill and wool centre on the island of Grimsay, North Uist, in the southern part of the Outer Hebrides.  We buy fleece and fibre directly from crofters and farmers and specialise in spinning natural tonal blends of yarn for knitting and weaving.  Provenance is a key part of our story.  All the production processes are done at the mill on Grimsay by our small team of dedicated staff who care about creating yarns that are true to origin and showcase the exceptional qualities of Scottish wool and fibre.



Unaroo Designs


Unaroo Designs specialises in beautiful and unique colourways dyed on 100% British wool.  Showcasing great British sheep breeds dyed in an earth-friendly way, Unaroo is inspired by their home in the Cairngorms and the joy of everyday life.  Visit them at the festival for fun facts about sheep, a good laugh, and plenty of yarn to squish!



Wee County Yarns


Wee County Yarns specialise in Scottish-spun yarns and our own exclusive designs.  We also stock a wide range of needles and notions to support these.  Our 10g Miniballs come in 100 colours and are supported by dozens of patterns with a strong emphasis on colourwork.  Our Kinross 4ply and Kinross Lace is spun in Kinross just down the motorway from Perth and is a beautifully soft lambswool.



Westfield Croft


Our craft business has two strands:  wool and willow.  Wool for yarns and handwoven rugs is supplied from our own flock of Scottish rare breed sheep and by collaborating with friends who have small flocks of sheep or alpaca.  Our yarns are 100% Scottish wool or alpaca, in small batches of hand spun and larger selections of mill spun.  Our yarns are predominantly in natural, undyed hues.  This year we have added a collection of hand dyed yarns to complement the natural shades we already produce, with colours inspired by our croft.  

We grow, harvest, and weave with willow from our coppices on the croft producing useful and beautiful handmade baskets.



Wool & Folkā„¢


Wool & Folk is an all day party with food trucks, makers, yarn and fiber vendors, live music, podcasters, The MDK Meetup Field and more… but mostly Wool & Folk is a celebration of our diverse inclusive, and extraordinary fiber community.

Wool & Folk takes place on 20 October at Stone Ridge Orchards, Stone Ridge, NY and we are delighted to welcome Felicia and Catherine to The Scottish Yarn Festival before joining their warm gathering.



The Wool Library


The Wool Library connects consumers and designers with full traceable breed specific yarns and end products.  We began working together to combine our independent knowledge of different yet overlapping sectors of British regenerative farming and native breeds (Dodgson Wood) with academic sheep breed wool research for knitwear and making (The Woolist); with the key focus of empowering all involved from raw materials through to end users.  Highlighting the provenance, narrative and vast array of British sheep breed characteristics by providing a range of yarns that are carefully sourced directly from our farmer friends in collaboration with British Wool’s traceability programme.  We nurture lasting relationships with farmers, mills and manufacturers that have similar ethical ethos’.  By showcasing the natural diversity and potential for the different tactile qualities of sheep breeds across the UK we can show the power of utilising a naturally abundant resource on our doorstep.



The Woolchemist


The Woolchemist is a small independent dyer based in Polmont, near Falkirk.  Roni moved from Hungary to Scotland 15 years ago, and instantly felt at home, embraced by the beauty of her chosen country and the kindness of it’s people.  A knitter and a crocheter, she’s been a hand dyed yarn enthusiast for many years before starting her dyer journey.

She is an avid reader and takes pleasure in many art forms.  The inspiration for her bold and bright colourways comes from books, music, or visual arts, as well as the breath-taking Scottish scenery.  Yarn dyeing is her main creative outlet, the undyed skeins her blank canvas:  most of her colourways are a result of the moment rather than of prior planning.  She dyes from the soul, and then carefully records her progress in her “grimoire” afterwards (like an alchemist in their laboratory), so that she can recreate her shades again and again.





Hailing from the glorious Rhins of Galloway in Southern Scotland, WooSheeps hand dye fabulous yarns in strong and vibrant colours.  With generous sized skeins and silly names our yarn stops people in their tracks.  We also sew, swear, and make shiny things!



Yarn Unique


Yarn Unique is a small batch indie dyer who delights in bringing rich and saturated colour to the most luxurious of bases, whether that is jewel toned yak blends, vibrant neon kits or self-striping sock yarn.  With a wide range of yarn on offer, you’ll be sure to find the perfect colourways for your project, along with a small range of unique patterns, hand-made notions and Knitpro Zing needles.



Zakami Yarns


We have been travelling and learning about Alpacas for years.  Then we ended up in New Zealand where Gergely learned hand dyeing techniques.  Now based in Scotland we stared our family business slowly with a few skeins and our dream is to have our own Alpaca farm.