We started the Made Here! Yarn Club because we wanted to collaborate with makers and growers in the United States who share our values. Every quarter, when we send out our Yarn Club packages, we also send club members an exclusive email that includes interviews with the people who made (or grew) the treasures included in that shipment. We love our creative community, and we think you will, too. Here's a peek into some of our past collaborations. Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know when the next the Made Here! Yarn Club is available.
GRAND PRISMATIC SEED
James Young and Guy Banner are the co-owners and farmers of Grand Prismatic Seed. They are committed to growing high quality open pollinated seeds that can withstand the stresses associated with high desert crop production. Over time, they expect to release new vegetable varieties adapted to the Intermountain West. James has a passion for growing plants and seeds used for natural dyeing. Guy has an affinity for medicinal herbs and plants native to the Great Basin, Intermountain West, and Colorado Plateau.
Nightingale Farms is located in the Sierra Foothills of California where they raise Oberhasli goats. All of their animals are treated with respect and care with access to the finest natural diet free from hormones and unnecessary medications. Shannon Friedberg and her husband take the milk straight from the goats and use it to create the freshest goat milk lotions and soaps you've ever used.
A NEEDLE RUNS THROUGH IT
In her studio in San Jose, California, Maria Negrete creates pretty, useful things for knitting, crochet, and embroidery. Maria was born and raised in Ecuador, and when she was in her teens, her great-aunt Lolita taught her the basics of sewing. She is otherwise essentially self-taught. If you love roomy project bags and enjoy a side of sassy with your stitch markers, be sure to check out Maria's boxy bags and lasercut wood designs.
Danielle Dowhaniuk makes great handmade stitch markers with coordinating notions tins. She started her company with a yarn swap. As a poor college student, she had no yarn to trade but wanted to meet a group of knitters. She had been making jewelry since childhood, and she figured she could make some fancy stitchmarkers to swap. They were a hit! She opened her Etsy shop and Miss Purl has been making stitch markers and tins ever since.
Mayah A. Robinson creates art that springs from a one-of-a-kind, magical world that has been molded by a marriage of her imagination and numerous commissions that embody a variety of styles. Mayah is the artist behind our sheep breed illustrations. Just look at how she captured each breed's individual characteristics and gave them personality. Surrounding each sheep are plants native to the country where the breed was developed. Mayah is based in Chicago, and she continues to grow her portfolio with full color book and one-off illustrations by commission.
THE NEEDLE LADY
Pam Turner, The Needle Lady, got into needle making in memory of her mother who struggled with threading needles. Pam makes spiral eye needles in a variety of sizes which are easier to thread than traditional needles. She recently started making the more common closed eye needles as well. Pam is based in Minnesota. Her innovative needles are made here in the United States.
WOOLY MOSS ROOTS
Taryn and Jeff Williams started Wooly Moss Roots because they wanted to work for themselves, making things. They didn't set out to start a button business, but between Jeff's wood carving skills and Taryn's illustrations, crafters found their unique buttons, earrings, pendants and shawl pins hard to resist. Jeff and Taryn use reclaimed wood, and nearly every piece of wood Jeff carves has a story behind it, often from the areas surrounding them in Oregon.
CREATIVE WITH CLAY
Charan Sachar lived in India for a significant part of his life where his mother ran a boutique, designing clothes for brides and bridesmaids. The designs, colors, fabrics, and embroidery from her shop continue to inspire his work today. Charan uses a combination of techniques to create his pottery, and he decorates each piece to give it the texture of embroidered or knitted fabric. His story and work have been featured in the New York Times, HGTV, Vogue Knitting Magazine, and Noro Magazine, among others.
JaMpdx is the collaboration of Jenn Gauer and Meghan Radick, working together in Portland, Oregon. Their designs are functional and decorative. They're made using fine porcelain clay and thrown on a potter's wheel by Jenn. Meghan pipes and paints decorations directly onto the pieces using techniques she learned as a cake decorator, as well as watercolor-style painting and brushwork. Each piece is handcrafted and meant to be used and enjoyed.