Camilla Valley Farm is pleased to offer Harrisville 100% pure Shetland wool yarn for weavers and knitters. Available in 64 gorgeous colours, Harrisville Classic Shetland Wool is a blend of the finest Merino Cross wools from New Zealand and soft Australian wool spun in the company's own 200 year old historic mill in the Eastern United States.
Harrisville has always been a textile village. Woolen yarn has been spun in the waterpowered, brick mill town of Harrisville since 1794. This small village is nestled in the Monadnock Highlands of southwestern New Hampshire and is the only industrial community of the early 19th Century that still survives in America in its original form. In 1977, the Department of Interior designated Harrisville a National Historic Landmark.
The last surviving woolen mill in Harrisville closed in 1970 when the fashion world turned, temporarily, to synthetic double-knit fabrics. Harrisville Designs was established a year later with a goal of preserving the textile heritage and economic vitality that had sustained the village for almost two hundred years.
The distinctive look of Harrisville Design yarns is the result of care and attention to detail at every stage of the spinning process. The fleece is dyed-in-the-wool to maximize brightness and fastness and then two, three or sometimes four colours are blended together to create the beautiful heather mixes that the company is known for. Their colour consultant, Nell Znamierowski, carefully chooses the right combinations to give the yarns depth and interest without sacrificing brightness and variation.
The woolen system of yarn making is much like the process of handspinning in which the wool is picked, carded and spun as three distinct steps. Softness and strength are the two qualities that the company is careful to balance as the yarns are spun. Their goal is to produce yarn as soft as possible, but they must also have sufficient twist to make them strong. The resulting yarn is perfect for blankets, clothing and upholstery.
The Shetland yarn weight is 1,800 yards per pound (3,628 metres/kg) and the Weaving Sett is 10-15 epi depending upon the fabric beign woven.
A sett of 10 epi is suggested for baby blanket weight fabrics and colour blankets as it will create light and lofty fabrics after being fulled. A sett of 12 epi is recommended for general clothing weight fabrics to create a light yet firmly constructed fabric. A sett of 15 epi is ideal for sturdy twill weight fabrics and great for upholstery type fabric structures.
Camilla Valley Farm stocks all colours of Harrisville "Shetland" weight wool for quick shipment. The yarn comes in 1/2 lb (227g) cones (900 yards on each) and pricing along with quantity discounts are shown below.
Note that we don't currently stock, but can also Special Order the heavier "Highland" weight of the Harrisville Wool. Contact us for delivery information.
The Shetland yarn weight is 1,800 yards per pound (3,628 metres/kg) and the Weaving Sett is 10-15 epi depending upon the fabric being woven.
|Packaging||1/2 pound Cone
|Sett||10-15 epi||8-10 epi|
|Price||1-5 Cones||$27.50 CDN ($23.50 US)||$26.50 CDN ($22.50 US)|
|6-10 Cones||$24.95 CDN ($20.95 US)||$23.95 CDN ($20.25 US)|
|11+ Cones||$23.50 CDN ($19.95 US)||$22.50 CDN ($18.95 US)|
|Stocked in Store||Yes||No
Special Order Only
Knitter's should note that the only difference between Harrisville yarn on cones vs skeins is that the yarn on cones has not been washed to make the wool softer. The significantly lower price of the cones make them a more attractive option for knitters if a larger amount of yarn is required!
The "Shetland" is classified as a Sport Weight with 26 stitches per 4 inches using 2-4 US needles while the "Highland" is a Worsted Weight with 18 stitches per 4 inches using 6-8 US needles
Photographs of each of the colours are shown below. While they provide a fairly accurate reproduction of the colours, the accuracy can vary from computer monitor to computer monitor. Yarn Sample Cards that have a short piece of yarn for each colour are also available.
A Sample card that shows all of our Harrisville Wool Yarn colours is shown below. While it provides a fairly accurate reproduction of the colours and sizes, their appearance can vary from computer monitor to computer monitor. We suggest you verify colours with the sample card before ordering to ensure your project turns out as expected. See below for information on how you can receive our sample cards.
How to Order:
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