Acorn Woolens: Nature Inspired Art Yarns

Minneapolis, Minnesota · 92 Sales


Acorn Woolens: Nature Inspired Art Yarns

Minneapolis, Minnesota 92 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner I will be listing some yarns soon! Check back for updates!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 17, 2015

I will be listing some yarns soon! Check back for updates!

Maria Wesserle

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Anonymous on Jul 4, 2012

5 out of 5 stars


Anonymous on Jul 4, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Very cool yarn! Love it!

Anonymous on Jun 26, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

I cast on with this right away to see how it knit and it felt wonderful in my hands. So beautiful!

Anonymous on Jun 26, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

What a lovely, fun yarn! Thanks so much!

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Handspun Yarns Inspired by Nature

Here you will find handspun and hand dyed yarn made with sustainable materials and practices wherever possible. I buy most of my fibers from small family farms. I focus on farms that treat their animals humanely and don't use chemicals on the fleece. Many of my animal friendly fibers come from Homestead Wool and Gift Farm in Wisconsin ( They are are an animal sanctuary who never kill, give away, or breed their animals. I also use mill end fibers, which are leftovers from the factory that are too short to sell or got tangled in the machine. They would otherwise go to waste, and therefore are similar to recycled fibers.

Due to some ethical concerns regarding silk production, I only use recycled silk and silk by-products in my yarns. I enjoy including recycled sari silk in my handspun, and hope to incorporate other products such as pulled silk and throwster's silk waste in the future.

I try to avoid using synthetic fibers. Regenerated cellulose and protein fibers such as bamboo, ingeo, soy silk, milk protein, etc. have enjoyed a comeback in recent years, but I don't include them in my yarns due to the heavy chemical processing that is required to make them. Angelina glitz, crystal flash, and nylon firestar are the only synthetics I incorporate into my handspun. (I just love sparkle too much to avoid it!)

While all my yarns are wool-based, I am starting to experiment with plant fibers. You will find that I sometimes include hemp, flax, ramie, and organic cotton in my yarns. I would love to provide vegan/wool-free yarns sometime in the future.

I love working with fleece in it's natural state, as I generally believe that the original texture and colors are most beautiful. However, I also enjoy coloring wool in nature-inspired shades. I dye with either Greener Shades or natural dyes. Greener Shades are heavy metal free acid dyes that comply with the Organic Trade Association's standards for Organic Fiber Processing. (Read more at I dye yarn naturally using plants, bark, and even mushrooms that I harvest myself or else purchase from an ethical source. I only use non-toxic alum mordants for these dyes. I hope you like the stunning colors they create as much as I do!

I aim to use as little packaging as possible while keeping your product safe (and looking cute!) I use heavy duty polyethylene envelops that are highly resistant to water, punctures, and tears. They are made in the USA from 50% post-consumer plastics and are 100% recyclable.


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Last updated on September 20, 2015

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I DO SHIP INTERNATIONALLY. Please send me a convo listing what items you would like to buy, and I will send you a shipping quote. If you choose to buy the products, I will set up a special listing for you. The reason I do this is because international shipping costs vary widely depending on the country, and I want to avoid over- or under-charging.
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If for any reason you're not satisfied with my product, just let me know within 2 weeks and you can send it back for a full refund, excluding shipping costs. It has to be in original condition to get all your money back, so if you don't like it please don't rip it into pieces in a fit of fury.
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