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The Journal of Scottish Yarns: Volume 3

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Welcome to the third issue of The Journal of Scottish Yarns, Spring / Summer 2023!

This new bi-annual publication was created to build community, and to promote and support Scottish textiles and related creativity by:

  1. telling stories (past and present) about people, places and businesses
  2. sharing specially commissioned craft designs (knitting, crochet and crewel work in issue 1)

A digital download code (pdf) is included (inside the back cover).

Contents include:


  • Shepherdess and artist Meg Rodger of The Birlinn Yarn Company is inspired by past and present in the Outer Hebrides

  • Two makers, Jeni Reid and Lynne Hocking, are inspired by linen with results that are both worlds apart and close to home

  • History of Linen in Scotland: Second only to agriculture, linen production was the major Scottish industry in the 18th Century

  • From exhibitions to walks and dolls, exploring heritage and developing links between art, design and Scotland’s linen industry today

  • Designer Ange Sewell, of Weft Blown, weaving her own path in West Kilbride

  • How a collaboration based on friendship and diverse businesses led to new yarn range, Bearford Originals

  • Seed.Ed project: Hands on engagement with flax at Edinburgh College of Art

  • A reflection on materials and creativity by artist Gaelle Chassery



  1. Thonnan Top with 3 sleeve options by Katt Weaver, Heather and Hops, using Nervus Fibre Alpaca Lace and a DK weight yarn

  2. Seeded Fern Wrap by Meg Rodger using her own Hebridean and Cheviot wool from The Birlinn Yarn Company

  3. Lèana 2-colour brioche shawl by Samira Hill, Eildon Hills Designs, using Cookston Crafts Fingering / 4 ply

  4. Carstramon Top by Maddie Harvey Designs using Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sweet Flax 4 ply

  5. Sea Pink Top, a knitted yoked top by Solveigh Lass-Evans using her own Iolair Yarn Easdale DK

  6. Robach Shawl by Alison Mayne, Knitrospective, using The Woolchemist yarn in 2 textures 


  1. Machair Tank Top by Merrian Holland, Mezzacraft. using Zakami Yarns Alpaca Fingering

  2. Twine Bag by Merrian Holland, Mezzacraft, using Nutscene Twine

  3. Dunnet Head Hap by Fay Dashper-Hughes, using The Border Mill North Coast 4 ply


  1. Magnolia Cowl from woven pin loom square by Ange Sewell, Weft Blown, using West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft DK

212 pages
Size 20 x 25.5 cm