Ethical Yarn Directory

What makes a ‘Real Good Yarn’? This ethical yarn directory has been compiled as a result of conversations with suppliers, recommendations and online research. It details yarn suppliers who take extra steps to care for animals, people and the environment. I don’t audit the suppliers and there’s no standard certification process. I suspect that as I learn more about the ethics of the world of wool and yarn that the listings will change. I certainly hope that a lot more suppliers of ‘real good’ yarn will be added.

I am currently offering a FREE Premium Listing to suppliers who are taking extra steps to care for their animals, the planet and/or the people involved in the production of their yarns. A Premium Listing allows for them to add their ‘real good’ credentials as well as photos to their listings

If you have any specific questions or want to find out more about a particular yarn then please contact the supplier directly. If you know of suppliers that I should add to the directory then please let me know.

I hope you enjoy your exploration of Real Good Yarns.

Found 43 listings

Spindleshanks Mohair

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My herd of lovely Angora goats are re-homed by myself, all cheeky individuals who have needed new homes. A small flock of sheep graze alongside them. They all live out their lives naturally on our smallholding nestled in the wild & wonderful Welsh hills.

I shear the goats myself & prepare by hand the mohair & wool ready for processing, dyeing & crafting.

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Phone: 01550 722976

Eco Stitch

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Here at Eco-stitch we have decided to concentrate on one beautiful natural fibre, linen from the flax plant. We source this vegan, eco-friendly yarn from just over the Channel, where flax is grown along the coastal areas between Normandy in France and Amsterdam in Holland. The world's best quality flax comes from this region, where the ideal climate means that it doesn't require any irrigation [...]

Address:
9 The Glade, Sandown ​, United Kingdom PO36 8NY
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Phone: 01983 400008

From the Mountain

Summary: Luxuriously Soft.  Exquisitely Empowering. From The Mountain is proud to offer 100% cashmere hand spun yarn, directly from women spinning for them in Afghanistan. As their website says, "Spinning cashmere provides these women with a fair wage and an alternative to growing poppies for opium production."
Address:
8 Dogwood Acres Dr, Chapel Hill, USA NC 27516
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Phone: +1 919-967-1762

wildwoven

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wildwoven started as añañuca, an accredited fair trade business working directly with skilled spinners in Chile to produce a range of highly-textured homespun yarns for adventurous knitters and weavers.
The aim with añañuca was to bring to the UK the very best of Chilean artisan design. Our ethos was simple – all of our products were hand made, and traded fairly, showing due respect for the skills of the artisan and their [...]
Address:
Rhostono, Doldowlod, United Kingdom LD1 6HD
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Flora Fibres

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Flora Fibres Yarn specialises in hand spun yarns and spinning fibres, which all come from plants. I use a range of 12 different plant fibres, many of which are not spun commercially, and create yarns in all weights from lace to super bulky.
They are all botanically dyed in small batches, as much as possible using the dye plants which grow in the countryside near my home, so each skein contains a [...]
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Whistlebare

Summary: Here at Whistlebare producing yarn is entirely a family affair. Every stage of the process is in our hands from selecting the livestock to labelling the last skein of yarn. When you buy natural yarn from Whistlebare you know that it has been produced with the utmost care; both for its quality and beauty, and its concern for animal welfare and environmental impact. On our small family farm in North Northumberland we keep pedigree flocks [...]
Address:
Bowsden, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, United Kingdom TD15 2TG
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Vegan Yarn

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We are the world's first ethical vegan yarn brand. We hand dye our yarn and fibre in-house in small batches using sustainable and regenerative methods and choose our supplies mindfully.
As much as possible, we work with mills and suppliers that share our views that living beings, and the planet should come first.
We have twelve lines of hand dyed yarn from laceweight to super bulky, with fibres like organic, fair trade cotton, Tencel (lyocell), linen [...]
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Canada
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UK Alpaca Ltd

Summary: British Alpaca At Its Best UK Alpaca specialises in British alpaca yarns with full provenance. Our natural and dyed fully worsted yarns are manufactured in the traditional mills in the north of England. All the yarns are made from the fleeces of alpacas farmed in Britain. A family business, UK Alpaca was set up by alpaca breeders Chas Brooke and Rachel Hebditch who run 100 alpacas at their farm in Devon. More than 120 alpaca breeders [...]
Address:
Vulscombe Farm, Cruwys Morchard Mill Lane, Pennymoor, Tiverton, Devon, United Kingdom EX16 8NB
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Phone: 01884 243579

Town End Alpaca Yarns – Luxury British Knitting Wools

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I produce luxurious knitting wools in beautiful colours and from natural fibres.  Although now retired from breeding alpacas in the Lake District, I still use my knowledge of alpaca fibre to make a variety of alpaca blend yarns.  I love fleece and I’m fascinated by the different characteristics of British sheep – I select the finest, softest fibres for my yarns. I sell the yarns at our shop, [...]
Address:
47 Vallis Way, Frome, United Kingdom BA11 3 BA
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Phone: 015395 68341
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