Yarn Issue 3 - Spring / Summer 2023

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Welcome to issue 3 of The Journal of Scottish Yarns, Spring / Summer 2023

Contents:

  1. Adopting the Viking Mantle: Shepherdess and artist Meg Rodger of The Birlinn Yarn Company is inspired by past and present in the Outer Hebrides

  2. Source Material – Strands of Memory: Two makers, Jeni Reid and Lynne Hocking, are inspired by linen with results that are both worlds apart and close to home

  3. A Woven Heritage: Second only to agriculture, linen production was the major Scottish industry in the 18th Century

  4. Historical Fibres, Future Networks: From exhibitions to walks and dolls, exploring heritage and developing links between art, design and Scotland’s linen industry

  5. Weaver of Weather: Designer Ange Sewell, of Weft Blown, weaving her own path in West Kilbride

  6. The Fruits of Friendship: How a collaboration based on friendship and diverse businesses led to new yarn range, Bearford Originals

  7. Sewing the Seeds of Change: Hands on engagement with flax at Edinburgh College of Art

  8. Improvised Designs and Mindful Making: A reflection on materials and creativity by artist Gaelle Chassery

Patterns:

Knitting:

  • Thonnan Top with 3 sleeve options by Katt Weaver, Heather and Hops, using Nervus Fibre Alpaca Lace and a DK weight yarn

  • Seeded Fern Wrap by Meg Rodger using her own Hebridean and Cheviot wool from The Birlinn Yarn Company

  • Lèana 2-colour brioche shawl by Samira Hill, Eildon Hills Designs, using Cookston Crafts Fingering / 4 ply

  • Carstramon Top by Maddie Harvey Designs using Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sweet Flax 4 ply

  • Sea Pink Top, a knitted yoked top by Solveigh Lass-Evans using her own Iolair Yarn Easdale DK

  • Robach Shawl by Alison Mayne, Knitrospective, using The Woolchemist yarn in 2 textures

Crochet:

  • Machair Tank Top by Merrian Holland, Mezzacraft. using Zakami Yarns Alpaca Fingering

  • Twine Bag by Merrian Holland, Mezzacraft, using Nutscene Twine

  • Dunnet Head Hap by Fay Dashper-Hughes, using The Border Mill North Coast 4 ply

Magnolia Cowl from woven pin loom square by Ange Sewell, Weft Blown, using West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft DK

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