NewYorkCityHandspun

Eccentric handspun yarns: flax, hemp, soy, denim...

New York, United States · 241 Sales

NewYorkCityHandspun

Eccentric handspun yarns: flax, hemp, soy, denim...

New York, United States 241 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(183)

Announcement   On holiday this week, Sept 8-13. Back on the 14th :-)

Welcome! I make handspun yarn with combinations of unusual fibers. I'm trained as a herbalist so I can't help but lean toward plant fibers - flax, hemp, nettles, soy, and bamboo - and I also try to use lots of reclaimed and recycled things such as fabric and thread leftover from clothing production, and even fiber made from recycled plastic bottles! And of course I love all kinds of fleece :-) I use the best quality fibers available and try to get as much local fleece as I can.

My yarns vary widely in style but all have one thing in common: they are spun in a "thick and thin" style which gives them a definite handspun look when knitted up or woven. They are noticeably and purposefully handmade.

All fibres are ethically sourced, any dyes are non toxic, and the yarns are spun in a pet and smoke free environment. For more information about the fibres used and other handydandy stuff, please visit my website and blog:

http://familyhandspun.weebly.com

Yarn weights (gauge) are determined by Ravelry's Standard Yarn Weights: http://www.ravelry.com/help/yarn/weights

Thanks very much for stopping by!

PS: Some of you may know me as LondonHandspun but I changed my shop name when I relocated to Brooklyn :-)

Announcement

On holiday this week, Sept 8-13. Back on the 14th :-)

Welcome! I make handspun yarn with combinations of unusual fibers. I'm trained as a herbalist so I can't help but lean toward plant fibers - flax, hemp, nettles, soy, and bamboo - and I also try to use lots of reclaimed and recycled things such as fabric and thread leftover from clothing production, and even fiber made from recycled plastic bottles! And of course I love all kinds of fleece :-) I use the best quality fibers available and try to get as much local fleece as I can.

My yarns vary widely in style but all have one thing in common: they are spun in a "thick and thin" style which gives them a definite handspun look when knitted up or woven. They are noticeably and purposefully handmade.

All fibres are ethically sourced, any dyes are non toxic, and the yarns are spun in a pet and smoke free environment. For more information about the fibres used and other handydandy stuff, please visit my website and blog:

http://familyhandspun.weebly.com

Yarn weights (gauge) are determined by Ravelry's Standard Yarn Weights: http://www.ravelry.com/help/yarn/weights

Thanks very much for stopping by!

PS: Some of you may know me as LondonHandspun but I changed my shop name when I relocated to Brooklyn :-)

Gigi Matthews

Contact shop owner

Gigi Matthews

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(183)
beautifulplace

beautifulplace on Jul 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I love this unique handspun yarn! beautiful ! thank you so much!

Josy

Josy on Jul 20, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Nice, soft yarn. Nice color and arrived quickly.

Myself

Myself on Apr 29, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Very Nice, Colorful Carnival Handspun Yarn - Beautifully Packaged - Thank You :o)

View all 183 reviews

About

Yarn, The Old Fashioned Way

Here's a hard to believe fun fact: until the late 1700's, if you wanted to make yourself or others something to wear, this is what you'd have to do:

1. Shear a fluffy animal and wash all the fleece - messy! Or harvest the stalks of certain plants such as flax or nettles, split the stalks to remove the inner fibers, and wash and carefully dry the fibers - time consuming!

2. Comb out the fleece or fiber and then attach it to a spindle - a long stick with a weight on one end - or a spinning wheel. (The origins of the spinning wheel are murky, but it seems to have been invented in India between 500-1000 AD and began appearing in Europe in the 1200's). Spin the fleece or fiber into yarn or thread.

3. Weave the thread into cloth and then sew up the garment, or knit it up.

The process of making something to wear took so long that it was a seasonal project: collect and prepare the fleece or fibers in the spring or summer, spin and weave it into cloth during the long days of winter, and you'd have something to wear almost a year later! You can see why people had far less clothing in the old days, and kept it in good repair to extend its life as long as possible.

Mechanized spinning and weaving got underway a little over 200 years ago; yarn and cloth became cheaper and widespread. So why do spinning wheels still exist?

I guess for the same reason that people still paint pictures in spite of cameras. Like a painting, yarn can be created by combining a bit of this color and a bit of that, a little texture here, some shine there, and whatever is made with handspun yarn will have the presence of something special. That's why I love to spin, and I hope my yarns go out and add a bit of beauty and happiness to the scheme of things. Thanks for visiting!

Tweet
Around the web
Shop members
  • Gigi

    Owner, Maker, Spinner

    Once a bookseller, then a herbalist, and now a spinner! Books, fibers, and a wheel are all I need :-) My days as a herbalist are evident in many of my yarns - I like the texture of the plant fibers to show through!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 6, 2013
London Handspun yarns are sold and shipped in accordance with Etsy policies and guidelines.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
PayPal accepted.
Shipping
Please remember that you, the buyer, are responsible for any taxes, duties, etc, associated with international purchases as per your country’s laws. Yarns are sent via Royal Mail.
Refunds and Exchanges
It’s REALLY important to me that you are happy with your purchase. I know it’s tricky to buy online, especially with yarn, because you can’t hold it in your hands and have a good look at it. If you are unsure about a yarn, please ask for a sample and I will send it free of charge.

Regarding anything that might go wrong, my policy is to treat every situation as a unique one, and to do everything possible to make your purchase a positive one. Please contact me immediately about any difficulty, problem, misunderstanding, etc and I will do whatever possible to make it right. My husband would say this is not a very business-like policy, but I’d rather take a buddhist approach than a business approach!
Additional policies and FAQs
Most LondonHandspun yarns can be spun in any quantity unless otherwise specified (although sometimes I lose the recipe of a yarn!); please contact me if you need a specific amount and I will give you a time frame for completion of your order.