The Joburg Yarn Festival has been postponed due to COVID.
Due to lockdown and restrictions, our plans are on pause until the numbers allowed inside our festival space increase significantly. Thank you for your patience.

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A little Twisted

Made for crafters, by crafters, each of our designs is planned to carry your essentials while looking spectacular. What started off as gifts for family grew into project bags, notion bags and crafting accessories we wanted to see everyone in the craft community use. Made with care and love by us for you to use.

Adele’s Mohair

Located in rural Eastern Cape, Adele’s Mohair has been hand spinning and hand dying yarns for over 35 years. Creative fibers, fun new textures, hundreds of colours, gift bixes and patterns these are the hallmarks of our happy little business We’re home to different , quirky, green, ethical and gloriously colorful yarns and hope to see you on our stand!

African Expressions

 Through our unique range of yarns African Expressions expresses the essence of that which makes Africa magical. African Expressions harnesses the the natural properties of Mohair, Merino Wool, Mulberry Silk and Super fine baby Alpaca to produce a range of 14 yarns each with their own unique blends and twists with more than 500 colours, ensuring a colour and yarn for every type of project imaginable.

Arthur Bales

A Family run haberdashery since 1902. Specialising in Yarns, Fabrics and Haberdashery.

Chameleon Threads

Chameleon is a family run business which supports you, the artist, by providing unique beautifully crafted had dyed threads to create masterpieces worldwide. You will find stranded cottons, perle and silks Chameleon has a studio and dying workshop which enables them to distribute their beautiful threads all round the world.

Colours of Amalfi

Colours of Amalfi stocks Tulip Japan – Crochet hooks, premium knitting needles and tools + embroidery needles and kits;  Gorgeous John Arbon Textiles Yarns from Devon, UK  • Colours of Amalfi yarn and wooden swifts, heavy duty wool winder and wooden yarn bowls.


Cowgirlblues is all about creativity and personal connection. From the studio in Cape Town, South Africa, our skilled team hand dyes yarns and products, and prepares the beautiful balls and skeins that inspire makers all over the world. We work with the finest South African mohair and merino yarns, all of which are locally produced. Our range is carefully selected to offer quality and versatility in yarn weights and fibre blends. The best quality South African yarns are handled, touched, worked, softened and coaxed into their final form. We think you’ll feel the difference!

Dye House Yarns

Dye House Yarns began in 2017. Each Dye House Yarn skein is hand dyed in small batches, which results in varied skeins. This uniqueness is one that continues to inspire Sam to allow herself creative freedom, to be playful and trust the process, and ultimately to retain a sense of humour when it goes in ways she was not expecting.


dWolhuys – stockist of a wide variety of yarn ranges and accessories for all yarn related crafts – situated with SPiNNeRiN, stockist of a wide variety of hand embroidery threads and materials as well as all required for quilting

Felt With Karen

Karen is a lover of feltable rovings and yarns. She has been dying since 2004. She always says “ a painter has an eye for colour, but a dyer has a soul for dying”.


Hartlam started in 2012 and has 15 different yarns in 10 fibre compositions and 5 weights, sourced both locally and abroad. Each carefully chosen yarn base is named after a South African town, and each has its own unique character. Producing indie-dyed yarn in small batches, Michelle draws inspiration from nature, music, emotions, travels and just everyday life.

Ideas Magazine

The Ideas/Idees magazine has been planned and designed to be a part of readers’ ‘happy place’, an escape from day-to-day stresses, their DIY therapy and their mindful companion. Filled with pages they can frame, fold, colour in or use as they please in other creative projects, the magazine is also a go-to guide for practical advice and ideas, and easy-to-do makes and projects.

Incomparable Buttons

Incomparable Buttons specialises in the creation of fully washable and dry cleanable handmade buttons, craft pieces, craft kits, painting kits, greeting cards and jewellery. These ceramic buttons offer sewers, knitters, crafters and clothing manufacturers a great new alternative to plastic. Incomparable is very strongly committed to using environmentally friendly materials and production processes.

In My Knapsak

In My Knapsak and I have been in a committed relationship from the word go. I quickly learnt to appreciate natural yarns and all the crafts associated therewith. Soon, cotton, mohair, bamboo and wool started running through my veins and all things crochet and knit became my passion. Today I am the proud Sole Owner of In My Knapsak and have taken this shop to new heights by continuously introducing new products and various classes. I am excited to be part of the Joburg Yarn Festival and cannot wait to see all the people who share this passion for our natural yarn producers and the industry. We will have Indie Belle and Wool & Craft at our stall.

Just Love Stitch

Just Love Stitch creates handmade craft items for everyday life using cross stitch on various mediums such as wood and leather. Their products range from keyrings, notebooks, photo books to handbags and wallets.  All of their products come in DIY kits that includes everything you need to cross stitch the product yourself.

Karoo Moon

Karoo Moon strives to utilize 100% natural fibers. Dominantly South African merino wool. The two main yarns are hand spun home dyed yarn processed by rural women on traditional equipment, and machine spun yarn (some Herco treated which allows for machine washing) produced by the South African mills and then hand dyed. Hand knitted and crocheted garments are also produced and it is Karoo Moon’s objective to employ unemployed ladies. The handspun wool can be used for Felting. Karoo Moon has a vibrant selection of colours.


Ann-Marie Tully of Knits-Ann-Graces is a small-batch botanical indie-dyer based in Johannesburg. All the pigments for the dyes are grown in her potager garden, Ann’s Graces Nursery; and are foraged from the city beyond. All the yarns (wool and cotton) are 100% locally sourced natural fibres. Knits-Ann-Graces also up-cycles textiles, and designs patterns.

Knit Shoppe Love

Knit Shoppe Love is a business born of a passion for knitting and crafting! On the KSL stand at JHBYF2020, you will find the following brands: Le Lana Hand Spun, Rose’s Yarn Garden, Cape Weaverbird and Sleeping Cat Yarns.

Luna Fibers

Luna Fibers is a small batch Indie Dyer with an affinity for colour. Our focus is to provide fibre artisans with the tools to create beauty and to provide excellent customer service.

Knotty Habbit

The Knotty Habit table will have hand dyed yarn skeins, leather and wood accessories. Knotty Habit also sells leather shawl cuffs, leather handmade labels, and handmade wood shawl pins.

Made in Mannenberg

Made in Manenberg is 20 years old this July. Having started as a tiny self-help organisation in Manenberg at the Saartjie Baartman Home for abused women; it is now a small home-industry with 15 ladies making intricate bespoke items being sold all over South Africa and the world. A book, Finding the thread by Lydia Abel, was published in 2010, documents some of the early days and also captures the background and history of several other organisations, many of them now large industries, using yarn, knitting and crochet as tools for upliftment.

Miss La Motte

Miss La Motte will be offering a range of yarns at JHBYF on silky, luxurious locally produced merino yarn. Loads of classic Miss La Motte colours plus some new-never-before-seen colourways will be available.

Mohair SA

Sustainability is vital for long-term growth in any industry. Mohair South Africa seeks to ensure that the South African mohair industry is sustainable in every way possible, and continues to develop and evolve into the future.  Mohair SA is a proud sponsor of the Cape Town Yarn Festival.


Unique, contemporary, custom, hand made fibre artworks.

Moya Yarn

MoYa Yarn is a Mother – Daughter Team based in Cape Town. We supply hand dyed cotton and bamboo yarns in unique colours. No two balls the same – MoYa…sui generis – a kind of it’s own.

Natural Yarns

Natural Yarns will be at JHBYF2020 with some of our signature imported brands – ChiaoGoo, TOFT UK, Baa Ram Ewe, Walcot Yarns. They will also have Stellar Fibreworks yarn, and custom designed bags made exclusively for us by A Love Supreme, and project bags from Skinny LaMinx.

Nurturing Fibres

Carle’ of Nurturing Fibres selects her yarns to ensure they are the best quality merino wool, mohair and cotton available. At JHBYF2020, you will see Eco-Cotton, Eco-Fusion, Eco-Bamboo, Eco-Lush range, as well as SuperTwist Sock Wool, SuperTwist DK, SingleSpun Lace, KidSilk.

Nomvula’s Knitters

Nomvula’s is a job creation business that trains people in craft skills and teaches them about running a business. We encourage the knitters to be involved in the day to day running of the business with the idea that they will take it over. Already I am away months at a time and the knitters run the business themselves, including this summer holidays when they ran the shop and the market themselves.
Our workshop recycles all plastic, paper and yarn ends, and we use barely any electricity. Being in the Eastern Cape where the mohair and wool are grown, and everyone being able to walk to work, our carbon footprint couldn’t be much lower.

Quenti Alpaca & Mill

An alpaca farm and boutique textile mill processing not only pure alpaca, in natural as well as hand painted colours, but other natural fibres.


At Tarn we are driven by the desire to utilize and recycle – what is actually a waste product – and converting it into a high quality, eco-friendly, Tshirt Yarn called Tarn. Tarn can be used to knit, crochet, weave, macrame and more. We also sell eco-friendly bamboo crochet hooks and knitting needles, kits and patterns.

The Cotton Knot

The Cotton Knot is a Macrame Speciality Store. We have the best locally sourced natural and recycled cotton cords available for all you Macrame projects. Our cord can also be used to crochet beautiful table linen. Plant Hanger and Wall Hanging DYI Kits will be available to help get you started. Anyone can create something beautiful – all you need is an ounce of incentive, cord and some basic instructions. Charmain and Lara will be available to help with advice, inspiration and how-to knot. Completed pieces will also be available for purchase.

The Yarn Room (Good Loops SA PTY LTD)

The Yarn Room is an online and brick & mortar store in Pretoria specializing in fine fibres, sourcing all those lovely international yarns you never knew existed and now desperately need! We also strive to support South African indie dyers. Featured brands: Illimani (Peru & Bolivia) , Loopy #6 (SA), Mariquita (USA), Sweet Georgia Yarns (Canada)


Most of my yarns are sourced from local mills but i have imported some bases. The quality of our local Merino/Mohair and Alpaca and Cotton is of a very high standard and we need not look further than South Africa.

My inspiration comes from whats around me. I recently visited the Western Cape coastline which is a feast of colour if you are looking for it. Gorgeous oranges and pinks, bright seas greens and blues, misty purples and mauves and the more neutral shades of sand and rock.

Vinni’s Colours

Vinni’s Colours wide range of colours ~ from soft pastels to deep, vibrant colours ~ which makes Vinni’s yarns perfect for the needs of the most artistic crafter. Vinni’s yarn is available in Nikkim (100% cotton, DK weight yarn),  Bambi (a textured cotton slub and bamboo viscose yarn),  Serina (100% Bamboo) and Tori (a soft chunky bamboo and cotton yarn). Vinni’s employs many people who would otherwise have no work. Vinni’s yarn is well loved in South Africa turn.

Yarn @ ZelLe

Yarn @ ZelLé is a LYS specializing in SA Indie dyes yarn and exclusive notions. All yarns are 100% natural and no synthetic fibers are found in our products. Yarn @ ZelLé looks for the unique and unusual in all their items stocked