West Yorkshire Spinners was founded in 1997 in the original home of the British worsted spinning industry. The brand was established during a turbulent time that saw many spinning mills close due to the increase in yarns being imported from overseas. Because of the region’s rich history of textile manufacturing, it was the wish of the company’s founders to make sure the knowledge and passion were not lost forever. Research also showed that natural fibres were now in decline, giving way to synthetic, man-made fibres, and they saw a gap in the market for more sustainable products.
West Yorkshire Spinners has built a strong reputation for high-quality natural-fibre yarns. In 2012 they launched their own yarn – Fleece 100% Bluefaced Leicester – to help champion British wool and its fascinating heritage. Using all our knowledge and working closely with farmers and wool merchants, they started to build a range of unique and innovative products that showcased what could be achieved by blending British wool and manufacturing ingenuity.
WYS products are spun in the Aire Valley, West Yorkshire, and, as a family-run business, they draw upon generations of experience and knowledge, working with a skilled team.
WYS develop their blends and colours in-house taking inspiration from seasonal trends, as well as shades that suit the fibre. And, for their patterns, they collaborate with many talented creators and designers who bring WYS yarns to life through design.