For Newcastle-based maker, Katrina Kellett, dyeing yarn in her own colourways forms an integral bond between farm and fashion.

Made with ethically grown fibre from Australian farms in Tasmania and Victoria, Pirate Purl Yarns are hand-dyed in a small studio situated on the border between Newcastle’s Hip West End and the up-and-coming Islington precinct.  Katrina works with three dye pots, one heating element and a big sunny window, which means the yarns have been allowed to solar dry in the Aussie sun.

Katrina is passionate about supporting Aussie farmers and strives to source yarn bases from local producers and Australian woollen mills.  Her current yarn bases are sourced from White Gum Wool, in Tasmania’s Midlands, and Tarndwarncoort in Birregurra.  Due to a lack of milling options in Australia, both suppliers use wool mills in New Zealand, so the yarns make as short a trip as possible from the farm to the mill to Katrina to you!

image by Joerg Lehmann