Better Living Through Dyeing ...

Llanbrynmair, Wales · 70 Sales


Better Living Through Dyeing ...

Llanbrynmair, Wales 70 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars

wrigglefingers is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hello Folks,

Currently at a show, we'll be back up on Monday.

Love Wriggly xxx

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 22 May, 2018

Hello Folks,

Currently at a show, we'll be back up on Monday.

Love Wriggly xxx

Jill Shepherd

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Jill Shepherd


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Jackie on 17 Oct, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This was specially dyed for me so that I could finish a cardigan. Jill was very helpful and got very close to the existing colour. The cardigan looks great and I am delighted. Great purchase, great service, would highly recommend.😀


dawnmason43 on 07 Aug, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent service and lovely yarn. Dyed especially for me over a weekend and arrived on the Tuesday.

Sadie O'Hades

Sadie O'Hades on 27 Jul, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I. Love. This. Yarn. It is a perfect bold yellow for my Wonder Woman Wrap, has enough structure to hold up well with short rows and enough bounce to be interesting. Lovely.

Sadie O'Hades

Sadie O'Hades on 27 Jul, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Thiiiiiis is beautiful luxury yarn. Everyone who sees it has to pick it up to squish and examine the colours. A total smasher.

Sadie O'Hades

Sadie O'Hades on 27 Jul, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

More fabulousness. A lovely red for my Wonder Woman Wrap. Practical yet pretty.

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Devoted to Fibre!

My passion is spinning and knitting; particularly spinning wool and fibre from sheep that originate from the British Isles. I studied textile history at degree and post-graduate level which lead to a career in teaching art, design and technology in secondary schools. Teaching students to dye and use the fibre in class was a joy that sustained throughout my career. Now I've left teaching, I'm using my skills to bring you yarns and fibre that showcase the most interesting ideas.

My shop is designed to entice you into knitting hand-dyed yarns for special projects. From everyday sock yarn to more exotic blends, highlighting the skill of spinner, dyer and knitter or weaver alike. I've been advocating the spinning our more rare breeds of native sheep fleece for many years now in classes. The range of fleece offered will vary from easy to spin preparations to something more challenging. The purpose is to enable you to develop your fleece knowledge in order to spin the yarn you want.

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Shop members

  • Jill Shepherd

    Owner, Designer, Workshop Leader

    I'm an enthusiastic spinner, dyer and teacher. I moved to Wales where I've established a small workshop to pursue my interests in all things fibre after fifteen years of teaching art, design and technology to children and adults across the UK.

Production partners

  • Natural Fibre Company Limited

    Cornwell, England

    The Natural Fibre Company spun this yarn to my design and specification.

Shop policies

Last updated on 30 March, 2015
I want you to be as happy with your purchases as I am to send them to you. If you have any questions, please ask, I will let you know what is and what isn't possible as soon as I can. I do teach away from home and whilst communication on the move is increasingly effective, sometimes I may not be able to answer your question instantly! I will try to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Items are sold as seen, I want you to be happy with your order, please make sure you read the item description so you know exactly what you're buying!
If you have any questions please contact me.

If you are not happy with your item I will accept returns, but at the buyers expense, unless the item is in some way faulty. Refunds will not be processed until the item is returned to me, I recommend you use a form of delivery that requires a signature for your own peace of mind. If you wish to return your item you must contact me within 14 days of receiving your item.

If an item arrives damaged I will refund, or replace the damaged part of your order.

If there are any problems with your order, please contact me. I will work with you to make it right.
You can pay for your order via Paypal, or using Etsy's Direct Checkout with a credit or debit card.

If you pay via e-check then I can't send the items until after the e-check has cleared, if it is an international e-check then this can take more than a week.

You can cancel your order at any time before the order has been posted out, please contact me to arrange this. Once your order has been posted I won't be able to refund you until the item is returned to me.
Parcels are only sent out on Mondays and Thursday due to the opening hours of my small local post office. I live in a tiny village in a really remote location and it is not possible to send orders outside of these times as it involves a round trip of hours and much diesel, which isn't a pollution friendly thing to do.

I send all regular orders below £100 in value using a regular non-tracked service. Orders over this amount are sent using a tracked service at no extra cost.

I charge postage at as close to cost as possible.
Shipping will automatically be combined and discounted when you add items to your cart.
In general, for items weighing 100g postage is as follows-
UK £3.20, additional items no extra cost
Europe £3.70, additional items cost £1.40 each
Everywhere Else £4.75, additional items £2.50 each

I currently send all UK mail using a 48hour service, most items arrive 2 days after posting, but it can take slightly longer.

Please allow up to 15 working days for UK mail from dispatch for an item to arrive, 20 working days for European mail, 25 working days for all other international mail. In my experience post often arrives far quicker than this, but I can't report an item as missing with Royal Mail until after these periods of time have elapsed.

If it remains missing after this time I will do my best to replace your order or will offer you a refund.

International orders over certain values (this varies depending on your country) may be charged customs fees. This is out of my control, and any fees that the items incur are at the buyers expense. I am more than happy to split parcels so they come in under the customs limit, please send me a message with your purchase and I will let you know if you need to pay any extra postage. It is illegal for me to mark parcels as a "gift".

Please check that what you are purchasing will be allowed through customs in your country, if items are returned to me due to being refused by customs I will refund the cost of the item, but not the shipping fees.

I print out the invoice generated by Etsy to use as your shipping address. Please make sure this address is correct. If you need it sent to another address, please send me a message at the time of purchasing.
Additional policies and FAQs
Colour varies from computer to computer. I try to represent the shades as accurately as I can, some shades, particularly reds and purples, are notoriously hard to photograph. For the most part I don't edit my photos at all, apart from cropping them. I occasionally adjust photos to make sure that what I see on screen matches the true colour of the fibre.

I'm more than happy to do a custom blend or dye job if you have particular colours and fibres in mind. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas.

If you like the fibre but don't spin I can also do custom spinning of specific blends, again, just get in touch.

All items are sold subject to UK laws and legislation.

More information

Last updated on 19 Oct, 2016
Seller details
Jill Shepherd
BONT DOLGADFAN, Llanbrynmair SY19 7BB
United Kingdom