The British magazine for everyone interested in handspinning

Bringing you articles on fibres, sheep breeds, spinning techinique, dyeing yarn and fibre, using handspun yarns, competitions. Find information about spinning wheels, new products, events, meetings of local spinning guilds and groups, businesses supplying materials and services. Launched in August 2010 and last edition published 6 years later in December 2016, YarnMaker was published by Dorothy Lumb as a self-employed independent publisher working with freelance writers.




It is with much sadness that I have to announce that the Autumn edition of YarnMaker, no.28, is the last, bringing to an end 6 ½ years of publication.

YarnMaker has been a successful niche product for a small market. The limited number of potential readers combined with other factors mean it is not going to be viable to publish the magazine in future. The time has come to cease publication.

All current subscriptions will be refunded by end of January 2017.

For purchasing the final edition follow links given on the Stockists page; back issues may also be available from these suppliers.

Front cover of YarnMaker no. 28

YarnMaker editions have featured: British sheep breeds plus a few from Europe and Scandinavia, working with British fleece and other fibres including washing, preparation and spinning for making traditional and art yarns, yarn design, garment design, knitting patterns, simple loom weaving including tapestry, tri-loom and rigid heddle, natural and synthetic dyeing techniques for fibre and yarns, projects from fleece to garment, history, events, local group listing, spinning wheel reviews and features, book and film reviews, and far more besides. Click the Contents button to find out more. Back issues are still available from stockists of the magazine.


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