Our featured maker today is Mia of Wren and Ollie! Her super saturated yarns just radiate happiness, so if you’re not yet familiar with her shop… GET READY! We know you’ll fall in love after just one quick skim of her Insta feed and Etsy shop.
Hi! I am Mia and I am the mastermind behind Wren & Ollie, a creative yarn and fibre business. My entrance into the world of fibre started quite innocently and began rather unintentionally. I was studying Visual Arts at University, majoring in Jewellery making (I planned to be a jeweller), and focusing my thesis on Colour when I began to start knitting at night to keep my hands busy as they had gotten used to being busy all day making jewellery. The knitting quickly became an obsession and my love of colour and knitting collided when I started experimenting hand dying yarn.
The love of knitting got me thinking about where the yarn is coming from and I had a strong desire to start spinning and creating my own yarns adding a whole new dimension and joy to knitting. Fibre and yarn has turned out to be the perfect medium for me, it is kind of like taking a photo with film, you don’t know exactly how it is going to turn out until it is developed, or dried, spun and knitted in the case of yarn and fibre. The gratification is much more instant.
I love playing with colours, creating new colour combinations and putting colours together that you may not ordinarily think would work together, it’s about balance. Our yarn and fibre celebrates bright vivid colours but we also like to contrast this with more subdued colours and occasionally incorporate natural coloured fibres as well. We like to experiment and try different things with our dying to keep it interesting.
Most of our yarns are dyed so they do not pool or pooling is minimal and the techniques we use mean that no two skeins are alike. The colours we invent are quite often inspired by paintings, songs, food or images we like, sometimes they are created because I have a particular project in mind and I want a certain colour and of course there are those which happen through pure wondering moments!
I started hand dying yarn in 2011 and soon after began selling it in the LYS. As my own interests grew I began also selling handspun yarn and spinning fibre. In 2013 I started an Etsy shop, Wren & Ollie, named after my two sons, which was dedicated to selling spinning fibre online and now focuses more on our hand dyed yarn. As my family has changed and grown over the years my business also changes and evolves to fit in with my personal circumstances. Making is very much a part of my being, if I am not making then I am not being me.
Recently we moved into a larger dedicated space in the foothills of South Australia, which is about twice the size of our previous space and we have begun selling some of our yarns wholesale. I am very excited to see where the business goes in the future and I look forward to sharing the ideas living in my head and continue doing what I love. You can see our regular yarn colourways and subscribe to our quarterly club on our website.