Everlea Yarn

Everlea Yarn is consciously sourced yarn spun in Canada and dyed with natural dyes by me (Janna) in Madeira Park BC. Textiles dyed with natural dyes become more beautiful over time, especially Indigo, which is by far my favourite dye. I choose plant sources that will provide you with naturally dyed yarns that are light fast and wash fast, especially when treated carefully and washed in pH neutral soaps.

Beautiful dynamic colours are what I am always aiming for, something natural dyes already offer. But, you may have noticed that I also like to layer my dyes, a process that is a labour of love - and it's worth every moment! You have got to see the yarns in person to fully appreciate the colours these processes offer.

Knowing where my wool comes from and how it is processed and made into yarn is of utmost importance to me. I offer both Canadian harvested and spun yarns which have been minimally processed, as well as certified organic merino harvested from New Zealand and spun in Canada.

Curious about how our yarns are dyed? Make an appointment to see the magic of indigo in action with me at Fiberworks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park, BC.

Email Janna at: janna (at) everleayarn.ca

 

 

Our Yarns


 
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Naturally Dyed ORGANIC MERINO - 2ply fingering - 115g - 384 meters/410 yards. Use US2-4 / 2.75-3.5mm needles

100% organic merino wool, spun in Canada and hand-dyed with plant dyes in Madeira Park BC by EVERLEA YARN

Shown in Medium Indigo
 

 
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Naturally Dyed 100% ALPACA - 2ply fingering weight - 100g and 330 meters/360 yards, 2.75-4mm knitting needles.

100% Canadian grown and spun alpaca naturally dyed by EVERLEA YARN in Madeira Park BC

Shown in ‘ffrench locks’

 
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Naturally Dyed ORGANIC MERINO - 3ply sport - 115g - 256 meters/280 yards.Use US 6-7 / 4-4.5mm needles

100% organic merino wool, spun in Canada and hand-dyed with plant dyes in Madeira Park BC by EVERLEA YARN

Shown in Habiscus

 
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Naturally Dyed CANADIAN ALPACA PLUS - 3ply DK weight - 100g and 189 meters/207 yards. Use 4-5mm knitting needles.

75% Canadian (Alberta) Alpaca, 25% merino wool, spun in Alberta and dyed with plant dyes in Madeira Park by EVERLEA YARN

Shown in Fresh Green

 
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Naturally Dyed CANADIAN WOOL WORSTED - 2 ply worsted weight  - 112g and 194m/211 yd per skein. Use 4mm to 5mm knitting needles.

100% Canadian sheep wool spun in Alberta at Custom Woolen Mills and dyed with plant dyes in Madeira Park BC by EVERLEA YARN

Shown in Woodland

 
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Naturally Dyed CANADIAN WOOL BULKY - 3 ply bulky weight -  112g and 129 meters/141 yards. Use 4.5 to 5.5mm needles. Weave weft faced at 6-7 EPI

100% Canadian sheep wool spun in Alberta at Custom Woolen Mills and dyed with plant dyes in Madeira Park BC by EVERLEA YARN

Shown in creamsicle

 
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Naturally Dyed CANADIAN SOLO - 1 ply bulky weight  - 100g and 194m/211 yd per skein. Use 4mm to 5mm knitting needles.

100% Canadian sheep wool spun in Alberta at Custom Woolen Mills and dyed with plant dyes in Madeira Park BC by EVERLEA YARN

Shown in Dark Indigo

 


Mirrix Looms

Mirrix Looms is a family-run business based in the United States. They are a mother-daughter team, Claudia and Elena, living in New Hampshire and Seattle respectively. When Claudia founded Mirrix Looms over 20 years ago she lived in Wisconsin where she built a relationship with the social enterprise Sunshine House, which trains and employs people with barriers to the workforce. Mirrix Looms have been manufactured there ever since.

I’ve been working on Mirrix Looms since 2014 when Claudia and Elena welcomed me as a member of their social marketing team, where I blogged in exchange for Mirrix products. They have been a huge support in my art practice over the years, and have proven over and over again that community is paramount in their business practice. I’m so glad to be a part of that community and offering Mirrix Looms here.


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Our beginnings

Everlea Yarn evolved out of my art practice, at the center of which is community.  I've always been curious about the unbeaten path and have longed for a community of peers to invite to celebrate and travel it with me. It wasn't until my late twenties that I found a place to combine my creative instincts with likeminded people in textile art school, and the journey is ongoing. The textile community at large is a generous, energetic and loving one. I'm so honoured to be a part of it.

Pursuing art as a career never seemed viable. Even when I entered into Capilano University's Textile Art Program in 2008 I pursued techniques and modes that I thought could be multiplied and put into the fastest production possible, not necessarily taking note of the techniques that I was personally drawn to. It wasn't until I entered into Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program in Montreal that I really sunk into an art practice that felt authentically my own. I delved deep into a slow, personal investigation into printing with natural dyes - techniques I brought with me from Capilano. In 2013 having just graduated from university as well as welcomed our son Sam into the universe, my family and I moved to the New York metropolitan area for my partner's education.  It was there that Katie Earle and I, both Fibres graduates of Concordia University, formed Everlea Textiles, an art collective based on the sole notion of supporting each other in our artistic pursuits.  We have both evolved into avid tapestry weavers and showcase and sell our work at www.everleatextiles.com

In 2016 my family and I moved back to BC, and in the spring of 2018, in anticipation of my son entering kindergarten in the fall, I developed and launched Everlea Yarn, my own line of yarn - exactly the kind that I want to use: ethically sourced, Canadian spun and naturally dyed. Thank you for following along!

 

About Janna Maria Vallee

I'm a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program, and 2010 graduate of Capilano University's Textile Art program. I have been studying and using natural dye processes in my art practice since 2009. I am happiest when I am creating with my hands and my heart. There is so much good to be made and my purpose is to contribute to that!

My art portfolio: www.jannamaria.com