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Koigu Wool Designs

We have been a family-owned-and-operated business of three generations of women since 1992. In the early years on the Koigu farm here in Ontario, Canada, mother-and-daughter duo Maie Landra and Taiu raised sheep and used the home-grown fleece in elaborate woven tapestries and colourful knit fashions. A wide selection of colours of merino yarn was difficult to find in the late 80s and early 90s, so we started creating our own, dyeing small quantities in our kitchen and drying them outside or in the bathtub.

Our unique, hand-painted colours and bold designs quickly became popular at North American markets and trade shows. As the hand-knitting market grew, so did Koigu, and soon we had to outsource our yarn and expand our operations. Taiu found a textile mill to partner with, bringing our first major yarn, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino, into existence.

Although we’ve grown a lot in reach and are stocked in local yarn stores globally, Koigu yarn is still painted, hanked, labeled and shipped by the Landra women and a small handful of local employees. While we use the efficiency of machines where we can, every skein sent out into the world is lovingly painted by hand and is a truly unique work of art.

Koigu now has over 10 different weights and fibre contents of yarn in hundreds of hand-painted colourways. We have had our designs published in renowned publications such as Vogue Knitting, and released many of our pattern collections in print. We love to collaborate with designers and shops around the world to bring never-before-seen colours, kits and garments to fibre artists. Our mini skein sets, Koigu Pencil Boxes, are our most popular kits and can be used to make anything from shawls to shirts to hats and gloves.

We are so glad to be at h+h americas again this year and look forward to meeting so many fellow fibre lovers! #makeitkoigu
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