"America's Historical Yarn..."
Bartlettyarns is famous for its Maine wool yarn and products. We are truly a Made in Maine product and Made in the USA story! We are proud to offer value and quality in every product we make. From our "full measure" four ounce skeins, to our traditional home-spun appearance with a softer twist and more bloom, to providing free samples, our goal is to provide value, quality and satisfaction to all of our customers!
Bartlettyarns produces several color ways which include Fisherman; our specialty since the 1800's; Rangeley; which are inspired by the lakes, forests and mountains of Maine; Shetlands; with marvelous combinations of natural and dyed wool colors to Glen Tweeds with warm tones and textures of authentic Scottich checks and tweeds; to our Solids which are spun first and then skein dyed using only select domestic wools.
Sitting alongside the Higgins Stream in Harmony, ME is a vintage mill building that holds the last remaining working spinning mule in the United States. Started in 1821, Bartlettyarns, Inc was founded by Ozias Bartlett and continues today, with the Rice family. The original spinnery was first powered by an undershot water wheel that was replaced by a water turbine and then converted to electricity. Great-grandson Harry Bartlett took over management of the mill at age 16 in 1902 and operated the mill until 1947 when the first owners outside of the Bartlett family took it over.
Our vintage machinery is some of the last of its kind in the USA. Bartlettyarns was proud to be the movie scene host to Stephen King's "Graveyard Shift" movie filmed here in the 1990's!
The principle of the mule is to duplicate the motion of a hand spinner. In hand spinning, the spinner’s hand moves to and from the tip of a spinning bobbin. Raw wool fibers are snagged onto the end of the bobbin and are drawn and spun between the tip of the bobbin and the spinner’s fingertips. In mule spinning, a carriage contains a row of bobbins, moves back and forth, simultaneously drawing and spinning a six foot length of carded roving attached to each bobbin. At Bartlettyarns, we spin 240 bobbins at a time! We are the last remaining mule spun mill remaining in the United States.
We are pleased to offer a variety of services which include custom processing, wholesale and retail. Not only does Bartlettyarns, Inc. process 100% wool for its custom processing customers, we have also custom processed alpaca, llama, yak and angora. We also purchase both white and dark wool directly from the producer. Bartlettyarns was originally founded with the concept of exchanging raw sheep wool from local farmers and for a small processing fee receiving yarn, roving or blankets in return. Eventually the business grew and retail and wholesale options emerged.
Come explore your options—Lindsey and Susan
Mill Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Located at 20 Water Street, Harmony, Maine
*If you are dropping of fleece during the week day, please plan to arrive by 2 pm. Thank-you.