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Gothfarm Yarn is dedicated to creating yarn from naturally colored fibers. We seek out the literal “black sheep” of the world, prizing fleeces and fibers grown from naturally colored animals and plants. We don’t use dyes or synthetic fibers.
Our fibers usually come from small flocks, and include uncommon and rare animals raised with the beauty of their colored locks in mind. We embrace the variety of colors and textures of different fiber sources, and seek to showcase these properties through beautiful yarns.We hope that our yarns can also help build awareness of the rich diversity of fiber producing plants and animals, and how humans and the environment have helped shape them over time.
Check out our fauna page to learn more about the different types and breeds of animals that produce our fiber.
Each of our yarn skeins is unique, with colors varying slightly due to differences between individual animals, or color changes in a single fiber source. We embrace it.
We create our naturally colored yarns by seeking out beautifully colored fibers from around the world. Spending time at fiber festivals, in shearing sheds, and connecting with small producers online has helped us build a network of fiber suppliers. And it’s a network we’re constantly looking to expand. We create our color combinations by experimenting with different fibers in small amounts on a spinning wheel, and then scale up the blends we like the most at a commercial mill.
Handspinners have long valued the different colors and textures found in different fiber varieties. By having our yarn spun at mills, we’re able to scale up production of unique fiber blends. Some of our yarns have a more consistent look and feel thanks to machine-spinning technology. Others maintain a more “handspun” look due to differences in fiber staple and properties that even machines can’t mask.
Are you a sheep or goat producer interested in selling your colored fiber? We’d love to hear from you. Send us an email.
SHAVE ‘EM TO SAVE ‘EM
Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em is an initiative of the Livestock Conservancy that rewards knitters, crocheters, weavers and other creators for working with wool and fiber from rare sheep and goat breeds. Details and sign-up are on the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em website.
Our Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em eligible products are Jacob sheep roving, Navajo-Churro roving, and our Navajo-Churro yarns, Bone, Slate, Apricot and Walnut. You must purchase at least 4 oz of product to be eligible for a Shave Em’ to Save Em’ passport sticker.
Gothfarm Yarn is a sustaining member of the Livestock Conservancy.