Watercolours & Lace


It’s less than two months until the Makit LQ&N Fair at Peterborough Arena on Sunday 7th March. To help you plan your visit and to showcase the wide range of supplies you’ll find on the day, we’re running a series of blogs introducing some of the fantastic suppliers who’ll have stalls at the event.

Our latest introduction is from Alan Harris of Watercolours & Lace, hand-dyed yarn suppliers:


It started with damsons. The tree in the garden hadn’t fruited for years, but in the autumn of 2011, we picked loads and Julie spent several hours stirring chutney. A day or two later, she could hardly move her neck. Spinal surgery was recommended, and recovery gave her time to reflect on her future.

Julie loves lace knitting, but didn’t like the striped effects of many of the hand-dyed yarns then available. She bought some undyed skeins and started to experiment, using a technique that was similar to her other main interest: botanical watercolour painting. A few months later, Watercolours and Lace was born.

Julie now plays with colour every day, painting small batches of skeins in colours inspired by flowers and the landscape – and food (Bitter Chocolate Truffle is very popular!). Luxury natural fibres and blends are used – including Alpaca, Camelhair, Cashmere, Mohair, Silk and Yak plus quality, pure wools. Although the colours are recorded as recipes – and repeated several times, every skein is unique. The yarns are available in weights ranging from fine lace (over 1,200 metres per 100 grams) to 4-ply (about 400m/100g).

These are available as 50g (fine lace) or 100g, and we also have mini-skeins (20g) of some 4-ply yarns and very small skeins (10g) of fine silk threads, which are proving popular with embroiderers and lace-makers.

alpaca-cashmere irene-crochet-shawl selection-of-embroidery-threads

Julie published her first shawl pattern in 2013 and now has a growing range of designs (shawls, scarves, cowls, hats and mitts). Each year, Julie introduces a new Mystery Knitalong on Ravelry and a new one (the design is named ‘Kelly’) is being launched in April. Most of these designs are for knitters, but last year’s ‘Irene’ – a crochet shawl – has proved very popular.

We also run a quarterly Yarn Club, where subscribers receive a themed mystery skein every month, and just over three years ago, we started a newsletter – ‘A Twisted Yarn’ – which now has over 800 avid readers every month.

project-bags selection-of-yarns

Our yarns are complemented by a range of accessories including crochet kits, project bags and needle rolls, plus beaded stitch markers. All are designed and made by Julie and me, her husband Alan, at home in Norfolk.

You can find out more about us and access our online store at www.watercoloursandlace.co.uk or email me at alan@watercoloursandlace.co.uk

We’d love to see you at the Makit LQ&N Fair where you’ll have a chance to see and handle our gorgeous yarns in person.



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