Who, where, why?
Black Stag is the culmination of years of spinner & dyer Sam Cooper falling in love with fleece, fur (like Alpaca & Yak), the animals that provide them and the almost infinite variety of ways we can add colour, texture and sometimes a little sparkle to the yarns we make. As a knitter & crocheter spinning seemed a very natural progression in order to make the yarns I loved and wanted to use, since I picked up my very first drop spindle I have spun every day since and can’t imagine a life without fleece. There is very little that’s better than sharing a love of fibre with others, learning & encouraging people to begin a new skill that brings them joy, like making a knitter a spinner.
Black Stag is located on the west coast of Scotland, a home with a long & rich woollen history, and draws on the foundations of knitting traditions like Fair Isle and Shetland lace with contemporary, and personal, touches to colour and breed selection.
We believe that now, more than ever, we need to focus on supporting small businesses and pushing back against fast fashion, that we can use our skills to create garments & homeware that are as luxurious as it comes, eco friendly and most importantly of all will have incredible longevity; Classic, stylish, personal pieces that will live life with you for years to come or that can be recycled into new things as you desire. Black Stag sources all fibres & millspun yarn from British businesses and buys fleece from British farmers & small holders, often knowing the name of the sheep or Alpaca a particular fleece was grown by. The bulk of of my equipment is British made, handmade in fact, and we support other fibre artists, pattern writers, indie dyers and suppliers whenever possible. The fibre community has been an incredibly welcoming and supportive place for so many of us, an important, knowledgeable & generous international community and while we are all finding our way through these difficult times we want to pay it back and pay it forward where we can.