WatercoloursandLace

A touch of luxury in beautiful natural fibre yarns

Norwich, United Kingdom · 332 Sales

WatercoloursandLace

A touch of luxury in beautiful natural fibre yarns

Norwich, United Kingdom 332 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(177)

Announcement   Unique and beautiful yarns in luxury natural fibres, including Alpaca, Mohair, Silk, Cashmere, Camelhair and rare breed Wools, hand painted in colours inspired by flowers and the landscape. See more at www.watercoloursandlace.co.uk.

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Unique and beautiful yarns in luxury natural fibres, including Alpaca, Mohair, Silk, Cashmere, Camelhair and rare breed Wools, hand painted in colours inspired by flowers and the landscape. See more at www.watercoloursandlace.co.uk.

Julie Harris

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Julie Harris

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5 out of 5 stars
(177)
Margaret Paterson

Margaret Paterson on Feb 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This wool is lovely and I highly recommend the wool as well as the seller.

AdrienKJ

AdrienKJ on Sep 19, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

The yarn color was exactly what I had in mind. Super soft and smooth to touch. Definitely will buy more in the future!

Jeckk

Jeckk on May 7, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Magical purchase, so happy with the QUALITY and wonderful colouring...Very happy buyer!

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About

I was learning to paint botanical watercolours. Then I discovered lace knitting and how to dye yarn, and a business was born.

I started to paint watercolour landscapes at the age of 40 but, being a keen flower gardener, I soon became more interested in botanical painting and now concentrate on floral subjects. In early 2014 I was awarded a diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists here in the UK, with the qualification DipSBA.

I've knitted for as long as I can remember, preferring natural yarns and traditional techniques like Fair Isle and Guernseys (ganseys). Having discovered lace knitting a few years ago, I started to buy hand-dyed yarns from small indie dyers - but was often disappointed by the harsh, striped effects many of these gave to my finished lace knits. They lacked the subtle, more sophisticated look I wanted to match the delicate fibres I was knitting.

Then I realised I could dye my own. Mainly by trial and error, I found I could achieve the effects I wanted with a hand-painted technique, inspired by the colours in my botanical watercolours. My personal stash soon outgrew my craft room and started taking over the house. Friends and relatives began asking if they could buy my yarns and the lace accessories I was knitting.

All this coincided with my leaving my previous job following spinal surgery, and needing some income to help with the household finances. So the idea for a small business was born - I decided to call it Watercolours and Lace to reflect my two creative interests.

Having started with lace yarns, my range has now extended to include 4-ply weights. As well as fine wools - I’m particularly fond of rare breed yarns when I can obtain them - I also dye alpaca, cashmere, camelhair, silk and mohair. All are produced in small batches - sometimes only a single 50g skein, usually no more than 300g at a time - and no two dyelots will ever be exactly the same.

My personal stash has continued to grow, but I can just about bear to part with enough to stock the shop (although my long-suffering husband would prefer me to be a little less attached to a little more yarn!!).

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  • Julie Harris

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    I've always preferred the feel of natural yarns and love the look of lace. I now handpaint fine luxury fibres - silk, cashmere, alpaca and wool - in colours reminiscent of watercolour paintings, giving soft colour transitions to the finished knit.

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