Meet the vendors: Elisabeth Beverley

Our next vendor, Elisabeth Beverley, is one whose yarns we've long admired for their luxury (cashmere! merino!) and soft, hand-dyed palette.

The Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace will feature fabulous indie makers, dyers and designers from across the UK. Tell us about your company and specialty. What are you best known for?

My cashmere and merino plant dyed wools are a contemporary take on a traditional craft. In 2000 I moved from London to rural Berkshire and started dyeing woollen yarn with colours produced from common hedgerow and garden plants. Originally selling my own knitted cushions, I added a few skeins of merino to the stall and the wool took off.  Then thinking ‘soft wool soft colours ’, I introduced cashmere and widened the colour spectrum with exotic plant dyes. My wool and its variable and distinctive colours appeals to creative knitters and is best suited to personal shoppers.

Space is at a premium in the Pop-Up Marketplace so we've asked vendors to bring their "best of the best" - what wares will you have to tempt visitors?

New DK merino from the Falkland Islands, softened by the salty breeze. The 100% cashmere is a versatile quality 4 ply which feels amazing to knit with and to wear. A 55gms/180m skein is enough for a lacey scarf or a pair of fingerless mitts. (Using needles anything from 3.25mm – 4.5mm).

Can you tell us about the making/designing/collaborating/or other process involved in your business?

Plant dyeing is an ancient craft practised and written down for milllenia. It only requires water, heat and simple tools  (a bucket, a thermometer and mineral reagents to fix the colours).  And then a lifetime’s experience…..

What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business?

There’s nothing like making a beautiful colour. But a returning customer not far behind...

Tell us the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while you've been running your company, or while you've been at a yarn show or festival!

An elderly man who looked carefully through a box of cashmere browns and selected a skein – for making his fishing flies!

Sounds like a waste of cashmere to us but the gentleman's fish must have excellent taste!