Located in East Sussex, Paton and Daughter create luscious, coloured yarn in small batches. Working slowly and carefully with every product; this process cannot be rushed and the quality of the results are all the better for it.
Paton and Daughter products are sustainable, natural, and high quality. You can use this yarn to knit, crochet, weave, locker hook and so much more.
Sourced from 100% British wool which has been spun into non-superwash , sustainable yarn. Hand dyed using responsibly foraged, natural ingredients found in the surrounding Sussex countryside.
Much, but not all of what is placed in the dye vats can be found in the garden. Weeds and often kitchen waste is given by friends in exchange for tea, cake and a chat.
Dyeing requires considering the seasons, only harvesting plants if there is enough to yield the shade of colour that is envisaged. Harvesting a plant that is in its prime is imperative.
The process, (boiling in water) is deceivingly simple and the extricated colour is often surprising; almost magical. An aid to this process is the mordant aluminium sulphate. It allows the colour to adhere to the wool. Some plants contain tannin which negates the need for a mordant.
Lorraine Paton first launched Paton & Daughter following her many years experience as a dyer, teacher, and creator. Understanding how important high-quality and sustainable materials are in the industry, she wanted to support local farmers and share a product that is made with love, time, and only the best nature has to offer.
She is happiest when creating and nurturing other creators. In spare her time, she heads out to teach and demonstrate hand spinning locally and in support of “Campaign for Wool”.
Lorraine’s maternal grandmother was an advocate of ‘make do and mend’, and was simply inspirational. Her paternal grandfather named his businesses “….. & Sons” despite having 4 daughters who worked for him. This was perfectly fine in his time, I am redressing the balance.
Lorraine’s daughter loves to knit too, but she is also busy following her passions (see Scribbling in the Kitchen, blog)
Naturally dyed yarn is not fast. Its colour will change over time. It mellows.
IMPORTANT: The colour of hand dyed yarn varies between and within skeins.
Even sheep, out in all weathers change colour! Black lambs, by the time they are shorn are often dark brown in colour. Brown sheep may develop deep red tones with sandy coloured tips on their fleeces. These colour changes are caused by the sun and are evident when I hand spin local fleece.
Wool is natural, sustainable, warm, breathable, comfortable, versatile, naturally fire retardant, bio-degradeable, long lasting, carbon efficient and non-allergenic.
100% woollen yarn should be hand washed gently in hand warm water and gentle wool soap. Garments can be spun inside a pillowcase on a slow spin or rolled in a towel to remove most of the rinsing water then left to dry flat, away from direct heat and out of the sun.
Make, Mend, Refashion, anything is possible with Paton & Daughter.
As a company, we care about sustainability. That is why we only use paper packaging.
If you have any questions about any of our products, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any returns should be returned unused and in the original packaging within 14 days of receipt.