About fur yarn?Paula Lishman's exclusive, patented yarn is made from
genuine fur pelts -- sheared beaver,fox , mink, and muskrat. The pelts are hand
cut into a narrow, 1/8 " (2.5 mm) wide strip.
This strip is re-enforced with colour-matched cotton and twisted, so the
leather is on the inside covering the cotton, with the fur radiating outwards
from the centre.
The yarn is dyed in a dazzling array of colours, from rose beige to deep
browns and beyond, covering the fashion range from classic to trendy. CLICK HERE TO BROWSE OUR
Still need more information about fur yarn? Please check the Frequently Asked Questions page.
HistoryDynamic fur designer Paula Lishman
has earned worldwide
acclaim for her innovative fur fabric creations for
(http://paulalishman.net/)-- and is now offering a wide array
of her patented fur yarn to crafters and needleworkers around the world.
Created in the heart of rural Ontario, Canada, Paula's designs can be seen on
the sophisticated runways of Toronto, Montreal, New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Milan,
and recently, Beijing! Vogue and Pellicce Moda fashion magazines frequently
showcase Paula Lishman International knit fur garments, selected from the
stunning array of classic and contemporary, fashion-forward designs sought after
by international customers.
Over 25 years of research and refinements have resulted in an unparalleled,
washable fur yarn -- which is now available to the knitters, crocheters, and
crafters worldwide to create unique, one-of-a-kind garments.
The fur yarn was first launched at the 1998 Creative Sewing and Needlecraft
Show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- to an appreciative and pleasantly surprised
audience of crafters and needleworkers who had never before considered fur as
something they could work with.
Since then, the idea of putting a touch of fur on an existing favourite
garment or hand-crafted item has taken hold in the imagination of international
crafters -- who marvel at the cascade of sensuous colours and the irresistible
array of natural fur types, ranging from sheared beaver, fox,
mink, and muskrat.
Some of the novel, tactile creations crafters and needleworkers have created
have included a beaded necklace with mink...a cashmere cape with sheared beaver
hem design...a floor-length negligee trimmed in luxurious fox...The uses for fur
yarn are limited only by the imagination of the individual!
For further inspiration for your own creation in fur yarn, we invite you to
visit Paula Lishman International at www.paulalishman.com. If you have created
something wonderful with fur yarn, we would appreciate your photos and perhaps a
story about how you created your piece -- and with your permission, we may add
it to our Gallery!
Purchasing, Pelts and Processing
Less than 20% of all beaver pelts available meet
Lishman's criteria. The size and condition of a pelt is critical in determining
the cost and quality of the end product. Fur dressers can do little to improve
the quality of the fur. Lishmans must buy only the pelts gathered at the optimum
time of the year, to ensure prime mature pelts with maximum heavy density.
Pelts are purchased from several sources. Beaver, muskrat, red fox, and
raccoon are wild furs and they are sorted by trappers, country collectors, and
brokers. The mink and fox Paula uses are farm-raised and they are purchased
dressed from various suppliers.
It is important to note that trapping is
well regulated, environmentally sustainable, and accounts for the livelihood of
a certain segment of the Canadian population.
These carefully selected
pelts are shipped to a fur dresser where they are processed through several
stages of preparation such as soaking, sweating, plucking, and cleaning. As much
of this is done by hand, this process can take up to four weeks.
pelts are returned to Lishmans for further grading to ensure that, once again,
only the best fur is used. The dressed pelts are forwarded to a fur dyer where
they are graded for colour and quality, and once dyed, are returned to our
production house. Although the company buys only the best fur, with all of these
quality measures in place, 25% to 35% of the fur is still unusable for Paula
Nature of Fur and Nature of Knit
Because fur is a natural product, no two pelts are the same. Each is
unique and varies in thickness of skin, fur density, natural colour, and size.
All of these factors affect the dying, grading, and production processes. It is
important to note that maintaining consistency within styles and garments is
difficult, and there will always be minor variances in the thickness and colour
of the fur. The variances in thickness of the skin can also affect the tension
of the knit and the weight of the garment, thereby affecting the size and