My Yarn & Handwovens
What goes into your handspun yarn?
Mostly Australian grown natural fibres, such as wool and alpaca, from farms where the animals are treated humanely and with respect. Some yarns may contain small amounts of vintage or recycled synthetic fibres such as Angelina sparkle to add, well, sparkle. All yarns have their specific contents clearly labelled on their product pages.
The materials used for each item can be found listed alongside the product. I typically use organic cottons and linens along with my own handspun yarns and commercially milled Alpaca, silk and wool fibres. I do not normally dye millspun yarns instead choosing from colours stocked by the supplier to keep my products consistent over time. While I endeavour to mostly use Australian yarns some yarn is sourced from the US, Italy and Lithuania and has traceable origins.
Are your handspun yarns naturally dyed?
Most handspun yarns are their natural colours but some are dyed. I use both natural and acid dyes to give you the best varieties of colour. All naturally dyed yarns are labeled "Naturally Dyed" on the website.
What equipment do you use to produce your yarns and woven goods?
My handspun yarn is produced on traditional spinning wheels.
Woven textiles are produced by hand on a Louet 16S Megado dobby loom and Schacht baby wolf looms. Depending on the item it is then either hemmed by hand or with a sewing machine.
Why choose handspun or handwoven?
Choosing handspun or handwoven not only allows you to support small family run farms and mills but it's also very luxurious. I pick fine fibres and make unique blends to produce long lasting heirloom quality products. If you choose to purchase an art yarn, as with some handwoven items, these are one of a kind and cannot be replicated by a mill so provide wonderful and unique embellishments to your projects whether they be woven, knit, crochet or felted.
Can you wind my yarn into a ball?
Yes, I'm happy to! Once you’re ready to check out, head to the ball winding shop listing and add your skein quantity to your cart. Please note, wound yarn is not eligible for returns or exchanges.
What can I make with your handspun yarn?
Anything you can use millspun yarn for! It's perfect for knitting, weaving, and crochet projects. You can also use it in place of ribbon to adorn gifts but you don’t have to limit yourself to those methods! Whatever you make, I’d love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @samantha_gehrmann so I can see what your yarn grows up to be.
WHERE TO SHOP, EDUCATION, AND COLLABORATIONS
Do you have a retail shop?
You may visit my studio, located in Ma Ma Creek, QLD, by appointment for spinning lessons or to browse handspun yarn and woven items in person.
While I normally love collaborations and custom orders I can't currently offer these due to time constraints.