Yarn - The Journal of Scottish Yarns is a new bi-annual journal focusing on community, history, culture, and creativity of textiles in Scotland. This new publication promises to be a colorful and insightful view of all things yarn related, making connections and joining threads.

To spark your creativity there are several knit and crochet patterns included for beginner to advanced. This issue includes articles on The Border Mill and Native Sheep Breeds of Scotland. 
Yarn - The Journal of Scottish Yarns Objectives:
  • Promote Scottish textiles culture and community by telling the stories - past and present - of the fibers, skills, artisans and industries that make up its fabric 
  • Support your creativity through a range of creative projects you can make yourself; from beginner to advanced level

Contents of Issue 1 - Articles: 

  • Short History of Scottish Textiles: A run through the History of Scottish Textiles illustrated with some of the panels from The Great Tapestry of Scotland
  • Newburgh Handloom Weavers: From South Uist to the Scottish Borders and Fife, Newburgh Handloom Weavers are producing handwoven bespoke tweed on looms with a story
  • The Native Sheep Breeds of Scotland: Steeped in more than 6,000 years of history, Scottish sheep are an interesting flock
  • The Story of Iona Wool: The story of how single origin Iona Wool came to be created
  • The Border Mill: What do you do when you have more alpaca fleece than you can handspin? Set up a new mill in Duns in the Scottish Borders
  • Stitching Loyalty: An 18th century embroidery making a statement of loyalty to the exiled Stuart royal family
  • Dovecot Studios produce a tapestry woven masterpiece from a masterpiece of a masterpiece
  • Learning to Spin: Some of the experts in and around Scotland share their advice on learning a specific craft.

Issue 1 – specially commissioned designs:

  • Knitting patterns: Covesea Cowl (in large and small sizes) by Emily K Williams (Flutterby Knits), Bennachie Top by Sylvia Watts-Cherry (With Cherries on Top), Forvie Shawl by Kirsten Bedigan (Aphaia Knits), Sìthean Tabard by Katt Weaver (Heather and Hops)
  • Crochet patterns: Cullen Top by Samira Hill (Eildon Hills Designs), Cùl Mòr Cardigan and LochMaree Fingerless Mitts by Merrian Holland (Mezzacraft)
  • Solas Órga Crewelwork sampler: by Susie Finlayson, suitable for beginners

The Journal of Scottish Yarns - Issue 1

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