The Great Aussie Yarn
The true story of the Australian yarn industry is that it is alive and prospering. It's not extinct. It's not on the decline.
Thanks to small scale producers and processors, there has been a definite resurgence over the past ten years. Local production is becoming increasingly important to discerning buyers and as this small industry expands it's so wonderful to see provenance being so celebrated.
So where can you get your hands on some of this local stuff?
This data base is a work in progress.
As transparency is a key to the industry I've included details on where the yarn has been processed where possible (to come)
Some of these yarns have been spun in New Zealand. As access to a large-scale commercial-size worsted spinning mill is limited to those companies running such mills, consignment spinning is not currently something on their agenda. I have not included Australian yarn that has been scoured or spun in China. The movement in some parts of the larger scale side of the industry towards this is certainly not in our best interests, environmentally and or community-wise.
LOCAL YARN PRODUCERS
Australian Organic Wool
Bennett and Gregor
Boston Fine Fibres
Granite Haven Gotlands
Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill
The Jolly Jumbuck
North East Yarns
Nundle Woollen Mill
One Tree Hill Alpacas
White Gum Wool
Wool 2 Yarn
Why isn't Bendigo Woollen Mills and Cleckheaton on your list? Surely they're Australian yarn.
While Bendigo Woollen Mills and Cleckheaton are Australian yarn companies, they do not choose to support the Australian industry or community when it comes to their processing practises. Both companies scour and process in China where granted it is cheaper but there are also great concerns surrounding the pay-scale, working conditions in these plants and environmental consequences of effluent.
Cleckheaton, who are owned by the Australian Country Spinners, ironically while owning a spinning mill in Wangaratta, have moved all their spinning offshore. The only made in Australia component to their yarn is the dyeing, balling and labelling.
Bendigo Woollen Mills do spin in Australia.