Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

Studio 30. Ritchie Street. West Kilbride. KA23 9AL. Scotland. info@oldmaidenaunt.com


all yarns & fibres available for purchase in the Old Maiden Aunt shop  have been handpainted in scotland.  the mill-spun base yarn & spinning fibre for my handpaints is as ethically sourced as possible, and is processed at mills local to where the fibre is produced – UK-breed wool is milled in the UK, and the exotic blends are milled at their source in South America, with a portion of the money going to the Mirasol Project.  i work from a small studio in West Kilbride which is open to the public thursdays & fridays 11am-3pm and saturdays 12-4pm.

for the most part, i dye in small batches of 2-3 skeins per colourway.  all standard colourways are “semi-repeatable” – i keep a record of the dyeing process for most yarns – but due to the nature of hand-dyeing, each dyelot batch will be slightly different.  please make sure you buy enough yarn for your project, as i can’t dye to match older dyelot batches.  if a colourway is described as a “one-off”, it’s likely to be the only one of its kind, and the colourway won’t be repeated, so snap it up while you can! all combed tops (rovings) are dyed as one-off colourways which can’t be repeated.

if you’re planning a larger project and need more yardage than is currently available in the online shop, please let me know what you need as i can often custom dye larger batches of most yarns/colourways. please be aware that as each dyelot is slightly different, i can’t guarantee that a custom-dyed batch will match previous dyelots. i’m also now offering some types of yarn as pre-order/dyed-to-order – you can find out more about this here!

if you want to find out when yarns will be back in stock, please check the dyeing schedule thread in the Old Maiden Aunt group on Ravelry before emailing me to ask.  due to the nature of hand-dyed yarn, i don’t offer shade/sample cards for my yarns.

at the moment, i’m not taking on any more wholesale customers.  however, i am available to do one-off trunk shows, so if you’d like to host an Old Maiden Aunt trunk show at your yarn shop, please email me!

shipping costs for retail customers are charged as follows:

UK100-800 grams = £3.50; more than 800 grams = £8.50

Europe (including non-EU countries): 100-200 grams = £4.00; 300-400 grams = £5.00; 500-700 grams = £6.50; more than 700 grams = £8.50

International (non-UK/Europe): 100-200 grams = £5.00; 300-400 grams = £7.50; 500-700 grams = £10.00; more than 700 grams = £12.00.

please note that the Coming Home book is shipped at a lower rate if purchased on its own; if combined with a yarn order, it’s shipped using the above weight classes (books weigh 300 grams).

i am happy to accept returns & issue refunds for recently-purchased yarn that is in untouched, resaleable condition. if you wish to return yarn please email me first; please be aware that i am only able to refund the purchase price of the yarn and will not refund postage costs or reimburse you for return postage unless the yarn is faulty.

if you have any questions at all, please feel free to drop me a line at info@oldmaidenaunt.com & i’ll get back to you as soon as i can.