This month we’re featuring sister companies located in Nova Scotia… Fleece Artist and Handmaiden Fine Yarns.
Each skein of Hand Maiden Fine Yarn is carefully dyed by hand in tiny batches so that no two skeins are exactly alike, making every garment one-of-a-kind. We like to think of ourselves as the haute couture of the yarn world. We hope you find our line as alluring as we do.
Born of complete and utter fibre addiction and a desire to share Swiss Mountain Silks and other exquisite fibres with the knitting community, Hand Maiden Fine Yarn was started on the west coast in 2005. We quickly outgrew our nest and returned to Nova Scotia to join our sister brand Fleece Artist at our custom designed dye house where we continue today. As always, Hand Maiden Fine Yarn is a family business proudly employing emerging artists with a flair for colour dyeing our custom colours. Some of our current “maidens” are potters, photographers, textile artists and jewellers with their own art practice.”
We knit because it warms your heart and your body. Fleece Artist yarns are practical, hardworking and carefully curated from a set of breeds chosen to keep us comfy. Each skein is dyed to excite our senses. We dye every pot imagining you touching, seeing, and creating with them, and experiencing the magic of watching them stripe, pool and develop. We imagine how special a recipient of a beautiful gift will feel, and the compliments you get on your own garments. As we select and dye our yarns we imagine the warmth they will create, and it makes us warm.
Fleece Artist was established in 1978, just next door to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to supply fellow textile artists with natural fibres. Over time our customers demanded better colours than were commercially available so we took to dyeing these ourselves. Today, we are a small family run company dedicated to dyeing breed specific fibres such as Blue Face Leicester, fine Kid Mohair, Merino and other fuzzy beasts. Our dye artists are NSCAD grads with an eye for craft and colour. Our goal is to move beyond colour, to showcase the natural qualities of the yarn and thus enlivening your hand made projects.”