Yarn - The Journal of Scottish Yarns - Issue 2

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Yarn - The Journal of Scottish Yarns - Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of The Journal of Scottish Yarns, Autumn / Winter 2022

Contents include:

  1. Di Gilpin: a retrospective on the career - so far - of knitwear designer and Scottish textile advocate

  2. The Princes Trust Future Textiles programme: with specifics from The Library of Knit, a Knitwise project which Di Gilpin worked on culminating in an installation in the arboreteum of Dumfries House in Ayrshire

  3. The origins of Tartan: commemorating the 200th anniversary of Gorge IV visit to Edinburgh in 1822

  4. The Silly Sheep Fibre Company: story of yarn from a croft on Shetland and their adventures with several sheep breeds

  5. Jennie Howes, SkyBluePink Designs: evolution of a life in crafting from learning as a child through to operating a shop in Berwick-upon-Tweed, teaching crafts and selling handspun yarn

  6. Black Isle Yarns: story of a small yarn producer who gathers fleece from smallholdings on the Black Isle and hand dyes the spun yarn using natural plant dyes

  7. Woven Identities: Tartan meets Koru by Maori artist Mitchell Manuel: an exploration cultural heritage and symbolism inspired by Scottish ancestry, based on the autumn exhibition at the Smith Gallery in Stirling

  8. A view of New Zealand from emigrating Scots via the Diaspora Tapestry



  • Dullieach yoked jumper by Lucy Hague using The Birlinn Yarn Company

  • Aggie the Highland Cow intarsia jumper by Sylvia Watts-Cherry using Di Gilpin Lalland

  • Portmoak Moss beanie hat by Louise Mossom using Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift

  • Moness large rectangular shawl by Maddie Harvey using The Silly Sheep Fibre Company’s laceweight yarn

  • Bemersyde triangular shawl by Samira Hill using Cookston Crafts/Ripples Craft yarn

  • Harris the Highlan Cow toy by Kirsten Bedigan using Jamieson & Smith Jumperweight


  • Eildon Woods yoked jumper by Samira Hill using Black Isle Yarns Auchen yarn

  • Droman jumper by Merrian Holland using Jamieson’s of Shetland DK

  • Dunkeld slipper socks by Marta Mitchell using New Lanark Spinning Aran weight

  • Rainbow Ram Embroidery sampler by Susie Finlayson, based on sheep head motif on inside cover, illustration by Mandy Tait/Natty Maid, using Bow Fiddle Yarns embroidery threads


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200+ pages, 20 x 25.5 cm