Handspun Plant Dyed Yarns

For the purist, fine quality hand spun wool yarns, dyed with natural plant colours.
Due to recent surgery for cancer, there was some nerve damage to my arm, so I am not able to hand spin for any length of time. Perhaps this will improve over time, but for now, I am unable to accept custom spinning orders. Thank you for your understanding.

Please look for some of my limited edition hand spun yarns in my Etsy shop.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss a custom order.

Nalbinding Yarns

Nalbinding is an ancient textile technique that pre-dates knitting. Nalbinding knots are sewn using a large wooden or bone needle by forming interconnecting loops around your thumb.

I hand spin my naalbinding wool yarns in the opposite direction to conventional yarns. First the yarn is spun to the left, and then plied to the right, creating a Z twist yarn. I find this method of hand spinning creates a yarn that is better suited for nalbinding work.

Nalbinding (just like knitting or crochet) can be used to make mittens, hats, slippers, socks, jumpers, bags and other textile items.

Please look for my hand spun nalbinding yarns specially designed for naalbinding, needle knitting, nålbindning, neulakinnas, for sale in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop
or contact me if you would like to discuss a custom order.

Madder Root Nalbinding Yarn
Madder Root Nalbinding Yarn

Due to recent surgery for cancer, there was some nerve damage to my arm, so I am not able to hand spin for any length of time. Perhaps this will improve over time, but for now, I am unable to accept custom spinning orders. Thank you for your understanding.

I do offer commercially spun yarn (hand dyed) suitable for Naalbinding, knitting, crochet or other craft work.
Nalbinding Needles and Starter Sets

I am now able to offer nalbinding needles made of wood or of bone.
These are sold in a starter kit that has been hand stitched using Norwegian wool vadmal.Please visit my shop on Etsy at paivataryarn.etsy.com
The bone needles are approx 9 cm in length. The bone needles have a small eye so are best suited for fine yarns.
The wooden needles are approx 10 cm in length and have a larger eye. These nalbindning needles are better for use with thicker weight yarns such as Aran or Chunky wools.

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn

The inspiration for these hand spun, hand dyed art yarns came as I was sitting outside looking at some of the merino roving I had dyed. It occurred to me that the colours were a bit too ‘vanilla’. So I thought that adding a bit of black would add some contrast. Hence, Licorice Allsorts Handspun was born.

Spinning Vanilla
Spinning Vanilla

These one-of-a-kind designer art yarns have been hand spun with pure hand dyed merino wool. The yarn has been spun using a thick and thin spinning technique and plied with a fine hand dyed wool yarn resulting in a lumpy, bumpy yarn that is quick to knit.
The yarn has been hand painted in mixed colours and blended White Vanilla and Black Licorice.

The skein sizes vary between 150 grams and 175 grams and have approx 100 meters

This yarn would be lovely knit or crochet into a scarf or perhaps a hat, or in hand weaving. As this is spun with pure merino wool, it can also be used as knit and felt.

Please hand wash gently in cool water.

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarns
Licorice Allsorts Art Yarns

Some of my handspun yarns are on Etsy. If you would like a particular shade or larger quantity, please contact me regarding a custom order.

Hand Spun Art Yarn Knitting Patterns

When you buy hand spun yarns, sometimes it can be difficult to know what knitting pattern to use with them.
I have designed a few patterns for my hand spun art yarns to get you started.

Hand Spun Art Yarn Scarf Pattern
Buy Pattern Now on Ravelry £2.50 plus VAT

Hand Spun Art Yarn Scarf Knitting Pattern
Hand Spun Art Yarn Scarf Knitting Pattern

Licorice Allsorts Scarf Knitting Pattern on Etsy

Licorice Allsorts Handspun Art Yarn No. 201
Licorice Allsorts Handspun Art Yarn No. 201

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn #201 on Etsy

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn 203
Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn 203

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn #203 on Etsy

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn 205
Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn 205

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn #205 on Etsy

Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn #207
Licorice Allsorts Art Yarn #207

Licorice Allsorts Hand Spun Art Yarn No 207 on Etsy

Licorice Allsorts 223 Art Yarn
Licorice Allsorts 223 Art Yarn

Licorice Allsorts Hand Spun Art Yarn No. 223 on Etsy

Embroidery Yarns

Hand Dyed Embroidery and Knitting Yarns

Crewel, tapestry embroidery and knitting wool dyed in rainbow colours. All of the yarns are hand dyed using environmentally friendly low impact dyes. Just ordinary household vinegar is used to set the colour of the dyes.

I love to work with wool and with dyes to create new shades of colour. I love the magic of the dyepot. These crewel work yarns are the results of my experiments. Each set of colours is unique yet harmonious with each other. Not to be repeated. I hope that you will enjoy creating something new with the yarns as much as I have enjoyed making them.

Hand dyed yarns take up dye at different rates, so may have some colour variation throughout the skein, creating a unique look to the yarn.


I am happy to say that after a long while, I have found a good source for yarns that are suitable for dyeing.
The Rainbow Pack Yarns will now come in a variety of weights, and wools. These will be available for purchase through my shop on Etsy.
If there is a particular colour range that you would like, please contact me regarding a custom order.

Rainbow Pack Hand Dyed Crewel Embroidery Wool – 30 OOAK Hand Dyed Colours

Rainbow Pack Hand Dyed Embroidery Wool
Rainbow Pack Hand Dyed Embroidery Wool

Cobweb Lace Weight – Crewel Embroidery
100% Blue Faced Leicester Wool Superwash

Rainbow Cobweb Lace Yarn
Rainbow Cobweb Lace Yarn – 311

4 Ply Fingering Yarn
100% Superwash Wool

Rainbow 4 Ply Fingering
Rainbow 4 Ply Fingering Yarn – 316

DK Weight Knitting Yarn
100% Superwash Wool

Rainbow DK Knitting Yarn
Rainbow DK Knitting Yarn

Holey Moley Handspun

Recipe for Holy Moley Hand Spun Art Yarns.
Start with a selection of fine quality sheep wools.
Hand dye them in luscious colours.
Carefully choose unique beads to give a bit of extra bling and thread onto a fine linen yarn.
Using a combination of special hand spinning techniques, racing stripes, autowraps, coils, cocoons, twists and cables, spin and ply the fibres together .

Holey Moley art yarn
Holey Moley Handspun Yarn

Pink sheep, blue sheep, yellow sheep, brown sheep. This unique art yarn has been spun from a blend of hand dyed wools – Merino, Corriedale, Shetland, Polworth, Romney, Alpaca and plied with a fine linen yarn threaded with beads. This is a one-of-a-kind art yarn – when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Shop on Etsy

Look for my limited edition handspun yarns in my Etsy Shop

or on Folksy.

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Naalbinding

Handspun Nalbinding Yarns

Nalbinding is an ancient textile technique that pre-dates knitting. Nalbinding knots are sewn using a large wooden needle by forming interconnecting loops around your thumb.

Nalbinding yarn
Naalbinding Yarn

This yarn has been specially hand spun for use in nalbinding projects such as mittens, hats or slippers. It has been handspun and plied using a worsted spinning technique that gives a smooth finish. The yarn is spun using a pure merino wool that felts easily.

I now hand spin my naalbinding wool yarns in the opposite direction to conventional yarns. First the yarn is spun to the left, and then plied to the right, creating a Z twist yarn. I find this method of hand spinning creates a yarn that is better suited for nalbinding work.

Of course, this wool is also lovely to use for hand knitting or crochet.

Shop on Etsy

Look for my Naalbinding yarns in my Etsy Shop

or on Folksy

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