The group was formed to promote all aspects of natural fibre in the North-East of Victoria, Australia. Members support each other through sharing their knowledge, passing on their skills and marketing their products both as a group and individually.
Suzanne was much loved as a friend and a highly talented crafter. In addition to her membership of North East Yarns she was also a member of Wooragee Felters and Wangaratta Handweavers & Spinners. Suzanne’s felting will always be on public show in the murals of the local landscape, flora
Adele and David bought land in Everton Upper and after a few years moved there permanently. Adele had spoken to Ethel Stephenson about her coloured sheep. Ethel bred English Leicesters and so that is where Adele began her own flock and this breed remained her favourite. The network of coloured
Marj was a very valued member of North East Yarns. Marj joined this group when she retired from dairy farming. In the following years she was in the crafting phase of her life and enthusiastically took up a whole range of woolcraft activities. Marj was fun and she loved meeting
Gay Prichard was well-known in North-East Victoria as a breeder and exhibitor of coloured sheep. Gay ran a flock of coloured sheep on her property in the Tallangatta Valley. She was an avid spinner and knitter, producing a range of garments in natural colours. She and her husband Tom lived on
Joyce Stewart passed away at the age of 98, happily spinning the day before her death and having enjoyed sharing the joy of the 2012 “Wilanjie” lambing season which included a set of triplets. Joyce Stewart began a 38 year involvement in the breeding of coloured sheep after her daughter
Cyril had a life-long passion for naturally coloured sheep. From the age of 13 he managed to save any coloured lambs from his father’s white flock. When he lost his entire small flock in a storm in 1967 Cyril set about replacing his black sheep by travelling from South Australia