We stock a vast range of knitting wool & yarn selected from the best brandnames in the home knitting industry.
Some of the brands we currently stock include:
Cleckheaton began its Australian history in 1948, when an Australian knitwear manufacturer Mr. Fred James, travelled to Yorkshire, England to purchase fine, pure wool worsted yarn, which had been in continual short supply in Australia. He bought the yarn and much more: the entire Worsted spinning mill, Cleckheaton (Yorkshire) Ltd. A year later, the plant, together with managers and mill hands, was transported 20,000 kilometres to Shepparton, Victoria. Success followed. With further acquisitions, the company grew and in 1980 merged with Wangaratta Woollen Mills.
For the past two decades Cleckheaton has justly earned the status and position of a premium quality brand that has established a loyal following not only in Australia and New Zealand but in markets all over the world.
The first yarns sold by Naturally (Wentworth Distributors NZ Ltd.) were Pure Wool Natural Hanks, a natural un-dyed New Zealand spun wool. The brand was widely accepted in New Zealand and more yarns were added until a full range of New Zealand made yarns made up the collection.
Naturally, Wendy and Peter Pan have been flagship yarns for more than 20 years and continue to sell strongly today. In the mid 1990’s, the company launched sales of Naturally Yarns into the North American market where the consumer could buy New Zealand made yarn at their local yarn store.
2001 saw the company expand into the Australian market where the Naturally, Wendy, Peter Pan and Twilleys yarns were widely accepted. At this time, the Naturally label expanded into fashion yarns to supplement the basic wool range.
Wentworth Distributors NZ Ltd. prides itself on maintaining the “Made in New Zealand” factor in the Naturally range and is always supporting local New Zealand wool producers wherever possible.
Panda Yarns began in 1963 as an importer of fashion hand-knitting yarns but gradually shifted emphasis to supplying high-volume markets with basic synthetic yarns. By the late 1980’s Panda had grown to be the largest supplier of hand-knitting yarn in Australia and New Zealand, concentrating mainly on locally-produced yarns.
Today, Panda has a range of yarns from basic to fancy, that offer quality at a good price with a vast choice of colour, texture and fibres to meet the changing needs of knitters, charity and craft workers.
Panda's current range of qualities and pattern designs are distributed widely throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Patons established itself in Australia with its first mill built in Tasmania in 1923. For decades, Patons was the leading hand knitting yarn brand but due to the market conditions in the mid 1980's, Patons felt the decline and eventually amalgamated with Alliance Textiles, New Zealand in 1996. Patons Australia was acquired by Australian Country Spinners in 2000 where this icon brand found a new and exciting home to move forward into the new millennium and once again emerge to be the fashion leader of hand knitting yarn in the region.
Hidden in the mists of the high Andes, a mystical and almost magical little animal has journeyed over five millennia, domesticated and in partnership with their human owners.
1000 years before the Great Pyramid of Giza was completed, the ancient ancestors of the Inca were measuring their wealth by the numbers of alpacas they owned, enjoying the finest garments woven from the fleece of their great alpaca herds. Members of the pre-Incan nobility were draping themselves in multicoloured robes of gossamer sheen produced from the alpaca fibre, as they performed the mysterious rituals of their religion and culture.
Our fabulous alpaca knitting wool stock is sourced from a supplier who has set up breeding ranches in the Andean highlands. Their main emphasis is on improving alpacas through sustainable breeding practices, educating small farmers who own most of the animals throughout the region.
There is a growing demand for the Alpaca fibre in textile and fashion centres throughout the world. With a drastically limited supply of these animals outside South American and stringent export restrictions on further transport of their national treasures in order to avoid depletion of their own herds, consumers will continue to want more fleece than farmers can produce.
Our alpaca stocks are of finest Peruvian 100% baby Alpaca knitting yarns.
Since its incorporation into Australian Country Spinners in 2000, it has grown in status in Australia and in a number of our export markets. Prior to 2000 Shepherd yarns were produced by Alliance Textiles in New Zealand. The Shepherd brand has a proud history going back forty years of supplying high quality yarns in New Zealand and abroad. The Shepherd range of yarns and design publications focus on the 0 – 12 year olds with a strong emphasis on natural fibre.