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.
Email Janna at: janna (at) everleayarn.ca
Everlea Yarn evolved out of my art practice, at the center of which is community. I've always been curious about the practice of being an entrepreneurial artist, and have longed for a community of peers with which I could celebrate and travel that path alongside. 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 and energetic 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 respective artistic pursuits. We organized photoshoots, attended seminars together and shared skills with each other. In 2017, a year after I moved across the continent from Katie, we began to weave a joint series of tapestries based on photos taken during our collaboration. Our project website can be found here: 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: consciously sourced, Canadian spun and naturally dyed. For the sake of consistency and because Everlea Textiles was all about lifting each other up and I continue to be community-minded in my business I kept the name Everlea for Everlea Yarn. 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.art
In 2008 I founded Vancouver Yarn, British Columbia’s online textile resource. Check it out!