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Woven in Kirklees Week June 8th – June 16th


Gardiner Yarns are pleased to support the WOVEN in Kirklees initiative that has been created in partnership and collaboration with cultural organisations, artists, education settings, businesses, industry and heritage sites across the district connecting a strong heritage with today’s innovative developments in industry, university research, a strong arts and crafts scene and the creative expression of the district’s rich and diverse communities.

Herdwick Wool Yarn (Nm 7.2 & Nm 4.0)


Did you know that Gardiner Yarns hold yarn stocks of Herdwick Wool Yarn (in Nm 7.2′s & Nm 4.0′s) a rare and protected species, believed to have originated from Scandinavia the Herdwick has developed over centuries on the Lake District fells. The name ‘Herdwyck’ means sheep pasture and is recorded in 12th century documents


It is regarded as the hardiest of all British breeds and can survive on the highest ground. This breed of distinctive sheep has white head and legs. The lambs are born with a black fleece but as the more brittle ‘kemp’ fibres increase with age the mature fleece becomes a distinctive grey. Gardiner Yarns embarked on developing yarns from the Herdwick wool in 2016 primarily to support the breed and by using fleece and marketing Herdwick yarn we hope to promote and raise the profile of this hard wearing rare & photogenic breed. We stock support both a light grey and dark grey base ecru yarn in two counts; Nm 7.2’s and Nm 4’s. Our stock supported Herdwick wool can be yarn dyed or, piece dyed maintaining the tweed effect and allowing the kempy character to still show in the finished cloth. Ranges made from these yarns have so far found their way into upholstery, outerwear apparel, accessories, floor coverings and even hand knitting ! For more information about this Herdwick yarn please get in touch with us via our contact us page

Proud to announce the relaunch of Iona Wool/Silk WS94 (Nm 10.5)


We have relaunched one of our previous yarn ranges – IONA WS94 (50/50 Wool/Silk) in 10.5’s Nm. This is a fabulous alternative seasonal yarn available stock supported in 28 vibrant and tonal colour mixtures and is already provide inspiration to designers for knitwear, woven soft furnishings and accessories.   With a soft handle all the shades are available in stock either  as  1/10.5 Nm singles or 2/10.5 Nm two fold.  For more information on these beautiful new products and the rest of the Gardiner Yarns ranges and shades, please visit our Stock Supported Yarns page.

Gardiner Yarns – a Brief History


Evidence has shown that from the early Middle Ages in medieval Britain subsistence wool production was extensive. Spinning and weaving tools were similar to those used by the Romans with fine white wools produced from sheep introduced from the Mediterranean regions alongside coarser indigenous wool breeds.  The 13th & 14th century was an era when trade in wool was the backbone and driving force in the English medieval economy.  The West Yorkshire wool trade grew as the packhorse trade routes developed, and with steep plentiful grassland hills ideal for sheep grazing along with fast flowing rivers used for power and washing combined together to produce the ideal environment for the wool industry development.  Gardiner Yarns’ manufacturing site Albert Mills was established in 1853 as steam-powered woollen mill with the first buildings that included a fireproof multi-storey mill, with dyehouse, washing and sizing room.  Continued development of the site saw warehousing added and an internal end engine boiler house. We are still proud to be manufacturing woollen yarns on the same site today, although with a little more modern machinery.

The Campaign for Wool


Gardiner Yarns, based in the heart of the West Yorkshire textile manufacturing area are proud to support The Campaign for Wool and the global endeavour initiated by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to raise the awareness to consumers of the benefits offered by wool fibre. We promote many woollen spun stock supported ranges suitable for all weaving, machine and hand knitting end uses. This natural, renewable, totally biodegradable, resilient, breathable fibre is also a thermally efficient, flame and fire retardant insulator that has been used as clothing since the Stone Age. Wool resists the growth of bacteria, is not known to cause allergies, and recently has shown that it actually absorbs volatile organic compounds when used in carpets to assist the localised air quality around the home reducing the potential for asthma attacks. For more information on these beautiful new products and the rest of the Gardiner Yarns ranges and shades, please visit our Stock Supported Yarns page.

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