Our Story

Me and Mr Tickle
Julie and Mr Tickle

The Black Isle Yarns journey began with my childhood spent growing up on a small holding in East Lothian.  I was one of those children who spend every available moment outdoors – best of all was helping with our flock of sheep.  After studying Ecology and Forestry I worked in forest management which I loved having always wanted a direct connection with managing our countryside.  More recently I have been looking after a growing family and have found myself drawn back into sewing and knitting.  For the last few years I have been teaching sewing as well as designing and creating quilts for magazines.

Teaching at The Stitch Gathering 2015

My love of the natural world and the outdoors is what first attracted me to natural dyeing – but I was disappointed to discover how tricky it can be to source undyed British, preferably local, wool.  I found this thoroughly frustrating.  I know how many wonderful British sheep there are and, often, how little farmers receive for their fleeces.  It struck me that I could investigate the options for having some local wool spun…………this idea snowballed a little and has become Black Isle Yarns!