About Us

Skein Sisters - Sydney's home of fabulous yarn

Welcome to Sydney's destination yarn store, supplying an exciting range of fabulous yarn, accessories and classes to inspire our wonderful crafting community

Come on in...

Skein Sisters offers a thoughtfully curated selection of creative and contemporary yarns from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US, Ireland, Europe, Canada and South America. In addition, each month we feature yarns from some amazing indie dyers. Our focus is on natural fibres and breed specific yarns, and whether it's your workhorse yarn or a special, covetable, luxury yarn, we have a range of price points to suit everyone. We stock a huge range of yarns, needles and hooks, notions, patterns and publications, as well as accessories. And if there's something you'd love... well, then tell us!

Our comfy couches offer you a place to relax, knit, crochet, chat and share. In addition, our dedicated workshop room is a great place to take one of our many classes - whether you're starting out as a beginner or a more accomplished crafter looking to learn those new skills. Skein Sisters is home for the crafting community.

Meet the 'Sisters'

Skein Sisters is the culmination of years of dreaming and planning by long-term friends Deb McDonald and Janine Smith. It is a love of delicious yarns and accessories, together with a desire to share these wonderful treasures that led to Deb and Janine opening the store in April 2017. Frustrated by not being able to find what they wanted locally, and disheartened by the expensive and time-consuming process of ordering overseas, the friends set about sourcing the products they love to delight and inspire local crafters.

Both grew up in homes filled with knitting and sewing. Deb's first career was in retail, fashion and textiles where she worked in fabric production and several stores including the Ladies Knitwear department of Harrods, London. She took a side step in her late 20s into the world of plants and became one of Australia's leading gardening journalists, editing a national magazine, writing books and newspaper columns, and appearing at events and on radio. Deb is thrilled to be working in her first love of fibres and textiles.

Janine pursued a career in the world of advertising and marketing including over 10 years in a variety of roles with Network Ten television. Positions with Reebok Australia, Ogilvy and Mather, Major League Baseball and two wildly fun years running the UK marketing of a leading London-based casino group, have made for a rewarding career. Most recently both Deb and Janine have been fortunate enough to be involved with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the vital work of the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens.

Now the doors are open on their latest, and most exciting, collaboration. Come in. Sit. Knit. Crochet. Chat. Shop. Learn. Share.

In Sydney's home of fabulous yarn. Skein Sisters.

Because we all deserve fabulous yarn.

Meet the Team

Our team at Skein Sisters are the ones who will make your visit truly special. Helen, Linda, Maria, Jane, Penny, Darcy, Julia, Olga and Rosie all have a love of making and amazing knitting and crochet skills that they love to share.

Pop in or give us a call - we're always here to help.