Scheepjes stock update, as of March 2023:
If you love the Scheepjes yarns as much as we do, you'll have noticed that we have hardly any stock at the moment. Believe us, it's not because we don't want it! Last year, through a combination of new packing processes and the current world economy, the shipping costs from the Netherlands dramatically increased. Air freight estimates are currently more than the cost of the yarn, which obviously adversely affects the retail price.
Scheepjes have carried out a review of shipping to Australia and New Zealand and at this stage, we feel that there's no workable solution to the problem. So, for the short term, we will not be restocking Scheepjes. Fingers crossed that we can carry it again in the future.
Wool combing, spinning and dyeing has been an important local industry for Veenendaal, The Netherlands since the late 18th century. The Dutch company D. S. Van Schuppen and Son was founded in 1799, and by 1885 had transformed from a cottage industry to a fully fledged mechanised industry.
The name Scheepjeswol was introduced by Van Schuppen in the 1930s and in the period following WWII the company modernised and expanded, earning a royal warrant in 1949 at its 150th anniversary. Sadly, the 1960s and 70s brought problems for the company, leading to Scheepjeswol's bankruptcy in 1988. In 1989, after 190 years of wool production, the original buildings were torn down, making way for housing and the Scheepjeshof shopping centre.
Twenty-two years later, family-owned business De Bondt, a haberdashery wholesaler located in Tynaarlo, Drenthe, took over the Scheepjeswol brand name and gave it a new lease of life so that today we're fortunate to again be able to use the yarn of this famous Dutch brand.
Our Scheepjes range includes a selection of delicious cotton/acrylic yarns in a range of colour styles and weights for knitting or crochet projects which are lightweight and breathable. These include gradients with co-ordinating plain colours, stone-washed yarns and a stunning set of stone-washed minis, perfect for dipping into when you need just a touch of a colour.
The Scheepjeswol logo shows a ship based on a ‘Samoereus’, an inland vessel that among other things was used to transport peat from the bogs around Veenendaal. You can find the same ship in Veenendaal’s coat of arms.
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