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Yarn Journal

The Journal of Scottish Yarns: Volume 5

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Welcome to the fifth issue of The Journal of Scottish Yarns, Spring/Summer 2024!

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 weaving in issue 5)

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

Contents include:


  • WEAVING THE EDINBURGH SEVEN Dovecot Tapestry Studios work with Christine Borland to celebrate the first women to matriculate at a British university. (by Prof Carol M Richardson)

  • VARIEGATIONS ON A THEME Uist Wool has a passion for the natural colours of fleece.

  • FAIR ISLE ON FAIR ISLE Barkland Croft takes knitting traditions back to source. 

  • FLOCK TO SOCK Glenesk folk museum in Angus is rediscovering kilt hose. (by Julie Cave, Museum Officer)

  • A DELICATE FUTURE Shetland lace knitting is on the red list of endangered crafts. (by Elizabeth Williamson)

  • REVIVING TEXTILE TALENTS Creation Mill tackles isolation and supports textile skills in Dumfries and Galloway. 

  • CRAFTING MATHS Knot Unknot: The abstract art behind knitting and crochet.
  • CHARTING AGE-OLD SEAS Photographs from The Wick Society inspire gansey designs. A tribute to Gordon Reid. (by Sara Wolf)
  • FAY DASHPER-HUGHES Kin Jumper: A striking two row repeat creates a versatile crocheted jumper made in Aister 'oo' Shetland wool.

  • REBECCA CLOW,  THE CREABEA Myrtle Waistcoat:  A statement vest for dressing up or down, made in Shilasdair Anam DK.

  • KELLY ORDEMANN, MADE BY KELLY O Pathfinder Top: A knitted tee made in wool for Scottish summers, made in Ginger Twist Studio Masham Mayhem 4-ply.

  • SYLVIA WATTS-CHERRY, CHERRIES ON TOP Isla Top: A lace pattern inspired by Scots pine trees creates this light summer top, made in Cookston Crafts Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere 4-ply.

  • SAMIRA HILL, EILDON HILLS DESIGNS Lammermuirs Crochet Top: A top-down crocheted summer top, made in Flora Fibres Tencel DK.

  • SOLVEIGH LASS-EVANS, IOLAIR YARN Common Blue Shawl: Colours and shapes of a butterfly motif inspire this kite shaped shawl, made in Iolair Yarn Luing or Woollenflower Twig 4-ply.

  • ALISON MAYNE, KNITROSPECTIVE Cluny Cowl and Wrap: Options for three cowls and a long stole show off handdyed colours, made in The Woolchemist 4-ply Merino Linen.

  • ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON KNITTING Da Slockit Light Shawl: Traditional Shetland Lace pattens and techniques with instructions for two sizes, made in Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Lace Weight.

  • MERRIAN HOLLAND, MEZZACRAFT Gothic Wrap: Textures and colours combine in this modular wrap, made in Choufunga 4-ply merino sock yarn and Float Your Goat mohair silk from My Mama Knits.

  • SUNSHINE STEWART,  AT BIRKHILL HOUSE Peg Loom Mat: Instructions for making a seat pad or small rug using an ancient weaving craft. 

212 pages
Size 20 x 25.5 cm