Carefully selected yarns for weaving, knitting and crochet. We have included close-up images and colour charts to help you order the correct yarn for your project and we recommend buying a yarn sample card where colour matching and yarn weight is essential.
The Venne yarns offered on this website are available in a large choice of repeatable colours and in different sized cones. They include GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Cotton yarns. This means that the production of the yarn, from growing the fibres through to the processes used to spin and dye it, including labelling and distribution, have been carried out to a specific environmental and social standard. In addition, there is a choice of Venne Silk Yarns in two different thicknesses, Cottolin (a 60% cotton and 40% linen blend), a fine wool yarn, and a metallic polyester yarn for highlights and experimentation. The Venne Colcolastic offers a yarn for creating collapse weaves. Colcolastic is a fine cotton weaving yarn twisted with an even finer thread of Lycra. The yarn weaves as a regular cotton and creates a stretchable, collapse weave when woven and then washed.
The selection of West Yorkshire Spinners yarns are all spun in their factory in Keighley. The aran thickness, super soft Bluefaced Leicester yarns are spun from sheep reared and sheared in the UK and are available in a large choice of natural and dyed colours, plus a printed pattern called the ‘Country Birds Collection’. The choice of DK thickness yarns include black Jacob and natural coloured Bluefaced Leicester. One other in the range is the loosely spun, ecru coloured Bluefaced Leicester Roving yarn which can be knitted and felted to create a dense fabric.
The double knit wool yarns from New Zealand, include the equally soft semi-worsted Ashford Tekapo yarns which are available in a large choice of natural, plain dyed and random colours.
Many of the above yarns can be used as a warp as well as a weft in weaving. When choosing a warp, the most important consideration is that it is strong enough not to break when weaving. George Weil offer a choice of 4 cotton warps starting with a fine Nm 20/6 (12epi) through to a heavy Nm 12/24 (4epi) plus two linen warps Nm 10/6 (6epi) and wet spun Linen Nm 6/6.