About Skein Queen

Skein Queen is a small independent artisan yarn dyeing business established in June 2007 and run by myself, Debbie Orr. I have a degree in English and American Studies, a postgraduate diploma in Publishing and was a team editor in academic publishing in a previous life. An avid but slow knitter, I love knitting cardigans and joining in with the latest shawl knit-along. I love most colours, from muted tones to neons, and my least favourite colour palette is "rainbow".

Eliza Robson, the Senior Studio Assistant, joined in 2015, has a degree in Biochemistry and is a right-hand woman, yarn-winder extraordinaire, yarn labeller, parcel dispatcher and helps with dyeing the repeatable colourways. Eliza is an aspiring knitwear designer and enjoys knitting hats because they are quick and can incorporate pretty much any pattern. She loves bright teal and isn't so keen on pastels.

In January 2018, Rachel and Jezella joined the team as part-time Studio Assistants.

Jezella Pigott has a first class degree in Fine Art and is our Studio Assistant (dyeing). She's a beginner knitter and makes mainly scarves but wants to expand her skills into 3-D sculptural knitting and maybe even brioche! She favours moss, mustard and acidic colours with grey tones and her least favourite colour is violet.

Rachel Moutrie has two degrees - one in Computer Science and the other in Geosciences. She's an avid shawl knitter and loves the challenge of lace. She enjoys working with merino blends for their versatility. Her favourite colours are blues and purples and her least favourite are bright tango orange and lime green.

 

Skein Queen started out as a small Etsy shop run on a part-time basis. The luxury hand-dyed yarn proved popular amongst customers in the UK, the States and throughout the world and we soon moved to our first website and online shop, and I've been working full-time as Skein Queen since 2009.

In March 2017, we moved from an attic studio to a bigger dyeworks at World's End in deepest Berkshire which is perfect for the online business.

A couple of times a year, we travel to yarn shows all over the UK and occasionally in Europe and enjoy meeting old and new customers and friends.

Above all, I love colour and wanted to go to art school in my younger days but went with my other love - literature and words - and worked in publishing for many years.

Dyeing yarn gives me a creative outlet and allows me to experiment in colour as a textile artisan. I love seeing how the colours blend during the process, how different yarn types take up the dye, how the colours magically mix up during reskeining and finally how they knit up into the finished project.

Many of the hand-dyed skeins are unique, one-off colourways so your knitted or crocheted item will also be a unique, one-off creation.

My greatest wish is that Skein Queen yarn gives you a little frisson of excitement about the projects you want to create.