Cardigans Yarn and Fiber shop online will offer some of your favorite lines of yarn and some custom curated, Kits from some top designers and the wonderfully talented Susan Venable, handcrafted project bags, fun imprints, needles and many of the notions you need for your fiber crafting. We are also a distributor of Ashford Spinning Wheels and Looms and their yarn and fibers. We also offer an exclusive curated selection of yarns specifically made for the shop.
For those of you who don’t know me… let me introduce myself:
My name is Tim Cardy, I am the owner of Cardigans. I’ve been knitting, crocheting and doing a wide variety of fiber arts for over 50yrs, also teaching many of these techniques from craft to university level for over 30yrs. I have been the recipient of a number of fiber arts related awards and a competition winner in knitting, crochet, soft doll sculpture, historical costume, fashion design, and felting. I am also the owner of an advanced degree in the late 19th and early 20th-century Handcraft and another in Fashion Design…there are few handcrafts I haven’t tried – especially fiber related!
I have worked in the textile and fiber industry in both yarn and weaving mills, was the fiber buyer for an upholstery fabric manufacturer, a few years at Levi-Strauss and worked in the Dupont Textile research division in NYC. I had the privilege to study textile restoration at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I learned 6 types of Lace making in Burano, Italy (Venice) and bobbin/tape lace in Bruges.
Many of you may have also seen me selling my wearable fiber art, handmade carpet bags and felted bags/vessels at the Sunday Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show at the Beach. I have worked professionally both as Fiber artist and Fiber Artisan. You can also find some of my historical costume reproduction work in permanent museum and gallery collections. I am originally from the East Coast via New York, San Francisco & Los Angeles and have been here in beautiful Santa Barbara for about 15yrs. I have been teaching fiber techniques throughout the US and regularly guest lecture at a number of colleges and universities throughout California.
Check out "appointments" section at the top of the website for more info on private lessons, classes.
Cardigans Yarn and Fiber - Santa Barbara's oldest yarn, fiber, knitting and crochet shop. The premier purveyor of fine yarns and notions. Now carrying the full line of Ashford weaving, spinning and fiber related equipment.