My name is Caroline Niland and seven years ago my partner Jonny and I found a run down farmhouse in the Irish countryside that we knew immediately would be our home. Over the 2 years of renovating the house to make it live-able Life in the Long Grass was born from my love of knitting and painting and as a way to represent the beauty of the landscape around us. After several fast years in London and Ibiza working in design, we appreciate simple living and a country life where we get time to make quality work and create employment in rural Ireland.
We began dyeing in a make shift lean-to studio onto our house for the first 4 years and last year we scaled up to a larger studio so we could take on more work. I’m the main dyer with one dye assistant and two local girls who do the skeining and pack up your orders. We are very much an independent, artisan studio with a strong work ethos. We love scrubbing pots, cooking up color and skeining, packing and designing new colorways.
Our latest project is our Magazine/Publication which we had so much fun working on. All the girls in the studio became models for the day and we worked for months with different designers to get some fab patterns out to you using our yarn.
Photography is so important to me and is very much part of capturing the essence of living in the long grass and the splendor of Ireland.
We collaborate with different retailers and designers so get in touch to work on a project with us.
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Life in the Long Grass?
Our name represents the natural life of the wool that we dye. Wonderful sheep braving the elements and a way of life where taking the time to make something and enjoying the process is as important as the wool itself. We are crazy about texture and rustic living and are inspired by our surroundings in the countryside, you will spot this in our main body of colorways.
Environmentally Aware Hand Dyeing Methods & Packaging
We dye using professional washfast and lightfast dyes which have minimum impact on the environment as we exhaust each dye pot so all the color is absorbed onto our yarn and the water is clear and safe to use again for our next batch. This is achieved by meticulous calculations and recipes that we have created to be as exact, efficient and environmentally friendly as we can. All our labels are made from 100% recycled paper and our non mulesed wool is sourced from small farms in South America and British breeds where animal welfare is taken seriously.
We welcome your feedback on all our color ways so let us know what you think we’d be delighted to hear from you!