The British magazine for everyone interested in handspinning

Bringing you articles on fibres, sheep breeds, spinning techinique, dyeing yarn and fibre, using handspun yarns, competitions. Find information about spinning wheels, new products, events, meetings of local spinning guilds and groups, businesses supplying materials and services.

Launched in August 2010, YarnMaker is published by Dorothy Lumb as a self-employed independent publisher and one-person business working with freelance writers.



It is with great sadness that I have to announce that the Autumn edition of YarnMaker, no.28, will be the last, bringing to an end 6 ½ years of publication.

YarnMaker has been a successful niche product for a small market. The limited number of potential readers combined with other factors mean it is not going to be viable to publish the magazine in future. The time has come to cease publication.

All current subscriptions will be refunded and when YarnMaker no.28 is published in early December it will be sent with a form to allow subscribers to select, if they wish, back issues (2 per copy owed) in place of a refund. A special discount rate for purchasing further issues and binders will be offered on the same form.

See news page for the timetable for publication of no.28, future availbility of back issues and issuing of refunds.

Buying the magazine...

Available from the website until 31st October 2016 are the current edition, back issues (excluding 1 & 9 which sold out) and magazine binders. After 31st October stocks will be reserved for subscribers any of the magazine who may wish to purchase at a special discount, any surplus may be offered for sale again on the website in the New Year.

YarnMaker is also available from stockists in the UK, several of whom have back issues.

Current edition is: YarnMaker no. 27, Summer 2016

Final edition will be: YarnMaker, no. 28, Autumn 2016 to be published in early December 2016

To purchase no.27 or pre-order no.28 follow this link. To purchase earlier editions and binders follow this link.

Prices (including p&p) are -

  • for single copies of the current edition and most back issues purchased individually: £5.25 UK, £6.50 Europe, £7.00 rest of the world (outside Europe, which includes USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand)
  • Sets of back issues currently offered at a discount price: editions 2-8; 10-14; 15-19; 20-24 click here for details.
  • for YarnMaker magazine binders, £11 UK, £14 Europe, £16.50 rest of the world




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