John has a rich wool pedigree, having grown up in the industry and learned the trade from his father. John’s family were wool and speciality fibre traders, buying from one corner of the world and bringing back to Bradford. Here, they would convert it to various forms before selling it on to buyers worldwide. This was during the period when the UK had a huge textiles manufacturing base in Yorkshire and the vast majority of associated trade took place through the county. At one point Yorkshire controlled 90% of Speciality fibres sold, up until about thirty years ago.
John’s interest in producing yarns was piqued whilst they were still trading in materials. Keen to carefully select the highest quality raw materials, he began working with spinners he’d previously supplied to create luxury yarns of superior quality. All of the yarns are meticulously designed to bring out the finest aspects of each fibre’s properties, ensuring they are a delight to work with and a pleasure to wear.
Harriet is the design influence and creator behind the yarnundyed-knits. A Textile Design student at Leeds University, Harriet specialises in structured textiles (knitwear). She came to yarnundyed for her year in industry, to study fibres and the yarn production process. With as great an enthusiasm for natural yarn as John, she was determined to share this with other knitters and crocheters. Keen to encourage her friends to try knitting, she set about building a brand with an eco-friendly ethic and a timeless look. She has combined modern designs containing just the right amount of detail with some of the top yarns produced by yarnundyed, to create kits that appeal to both the new and the more experienced knitter.
Harriet was taught to knit by her Mum, and initially was hooked on machine knitting, both on dubied and smaller domestic machines. She then began experimenting with hand knitting, improving her skills with online tutorials. After finishing her degree, Harriet plans to work in knitwear design.