About Me


I'm Wendy, the 'Jill of all trades' behind De Draadzaak (my business name can be translated as 'The Thread Company'). For almost three years I had a webshop in Ireland selling commercial yarns and knitting and crochet accessories. Unfortunately this gave me too little satisfaction and when we came back to the Netherlands it turned out to be very difficult to acquire a place among the big established brands. And perhaps most importantly: I couldn't express my creativity. 

In July 2018, I started dyeing cotton on a small scale. There's not much online information available about dyeing plant-based yarns, so it's been a process of trial and error. Over almost four years and many skeins later, I'm still not done learning.

Dyeing animal fibers such as wool is wider known as dyeing plant-based fibres. It's also done in a different way: I don't use pans on a stove and plant-based yarn doesn't soak up the dye like wool does. That is why applying speckles on plant-based yarns is so difficult. 

I love music and for my yarns I like to be inspired by beautiful songs that have lingered over the years. Sometimes a color scheme is created by listening to a specific song, and sometimes I suddenly have an idea or song in my head while processing and labeling a specific colorway. If you list all the colorway names, you could say that you have my personal playlist at hand. 

De Draadzaak is located in the far north of the Netherlands, in a small village called 't Zandt. That's where I live with my husband and our cat called Poes. 

Thank you so much for visiting my webshop. Enjoy looking around and please feel free to contact me when you have any questions. I'd be more than happy to help!  

Take care,  

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