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.

Julie at Edinburgh Yarn Festival Make::Wool 2019, photo by Jeni Reid

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!