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Fleece Artist (parent company of Hand Maiden) was established in 1978, just next door to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, to supply fellow textile artist with natural fibres.  Customers demanded better colours than were commercially available so they took to dyeing these themselves.

Today they are a small company run by a mother and her two daughters.  The Fleece Artist line specialises in Wool, Mohair and Alpaca. The Hand Maiden label is for the more luxurious yarn of cashmere and silk.  They employ other emerging artists with a flair for colour to help us with their dyeing endeavours.  Some of their current artists include painters, jewellers,  potters, photographers, fashion and costume designers.   They supply fibres for other artists and craftspeople engaged in knitting, crochet, weaving,  felt-making and spinning to name a few.

...their current colourists include painters, jewellers, potters, photographers, fashion and costume designers...

Each skein of Fleece Artist or Hand Maiden Fine Yarn is carefully dyed by hand in very small batches so that no two skeins are the exactly the same.   This makes every project one-of-a-kind.  The goal is to create an unique pallete to set off your creations.

Fleece Artist likes to think of themselves as the microbrewers of the wool world; we hope you find their line intoxicating!
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