My name is Chiara, and I am a second-generation dyer and creator of Unique Yarns Co. – an artisan, yarn coloring company serving the fibre craft community.
My memories of yarn go back to my childhood. Although my Grandma patiently attempted to teach me to knit, I was always more attracted to the work of my father – an artisan dyer working with Italian fashion labels. I was fascinated by the dyes and pigments he would use, and the machines and mechanisms he built to create novel effects. His dye-works is a magical place. I think of it as the place where creativity meets industriousness.
Perhaps it was these influences that led me into a career in the sciences, travelling all over Europe, applying that same combination of creativity and industriousness. I was working in London and one day found myself with a pair of needles in my hands, casting-on during the commute. My childhood fascination with colors, textures, and patterns was rekindled, and this led me to experimentation and collaborations with my father, benefiting from his decades of experience.
I remember seeing the first ultramarine blue wool we produced using natural Lazurite pigment – the mineral form of the Lapis Lazuli crystal. It was then that I knew I had to find a way to share these yarns with other crafters and artists. Along the way I have had much help and encountered great kindness, collecting friends and collaborators. As a team, I am proud that we are now able to share these amazing yarns and designs with the hand craft community.