Colourful hand dyed yarn on a sunny day at Cullen Beach

Welcome to Bow Fiddle Yarns, the home of colourful hand dyed yarns. 

I am a yarn dyer based in the North East of Scotland and use the local area as inspiration for the colours and names of my skeins.  I hand dye a wide variety of colours on different weights and fibres which are perfect for accessories such as scarves, shawls and socks.  However if there is a specific colour you are looking for please get in touch.

As I love the area the company name is based on an iconic rock formation in Portknockie on the Moray Firth coast near where I grew up. 

I hand dye in small batches and love creating vivid colours in high quality yarns to hopefully enable you to harness the potential to create something beautiful.

Home after a brilliant but tiring day at @perthfestivalofyarn. Great fun being a shopper and lovely to catch up with some yarny friends. @sealymacwheely @beardychiel @kalokshekellen @woolmouseuk @woolforewe to name but a few. Came home with some banana yarn from @flora_fibres_yarn, a micro shade pack from @wee_county_yarns, sock ruler, yarn cosy @allwoolthatendswoolhanddyed and the most gorgeous slub yarn from @mothy.and.the.squid. If you haven't been it's on again on Sunday so you can increase your fibre intake. #yarnaddict #yarnaholic #yarnshoppingisthebest #yarnpeoplearemytribe #lovecolour #supportlocal #supporthandmade #supportcrafters ...

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Last minute decision for a trip to @perthfestivalofyarn. On the train with @fthisknit podcast and some every day hermione socks. Looking forward to a fun and possibly expensive day as a customer. #ftkbacktohogwarts #harrypotterknitting #sockknitter #knitinpublic #indiedyedinscotland #yarnshoppingisthebest ...

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This sums up my ideal sunday. Sunshine, cup of tea, knitting podcast @fthisknit, knitting and of course the studio hound at my feet. Nice to let the mind wander and listen to other creative people. #chocolatelabs #sundaysunshine #cupoftea #knittersofinstagram #knittingoutside #castonajumper #relaxed #scottishsummer #legsoot #sundaysarethebestdays ...

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The end of a fantastic day @woolatportsoy. Met lots of lovely people and come away feeling inspired for new colourways. Treated myself and the labourer to a @portsoyicecream before heading home. #sugarhit #yummyicecream #yarnshoppingisthebest #yarnpeoplearemytribe #sorelegs #homewardbound #portsoy #shoplocal #supportlocalbusiness ...

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Final skeins twisted ready for @woolatportsoy tomorrow. The vendor list looks amazing and you'll all be spoilt for choice. I'm going to treat myself to @portsoyicecream afterwards, but to wet your appetite here are some mint choc chip, raspberry meringue and neapolitan skeins. #yarnshoppingisthebest #yarnporn #portsoy #portsoyicecream #cullenquine #shoplocal #indiedyedyarn #lotstopackup #isthereroomforthedog #colourmakesmehappy ...

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I've updated the website with some estimates for small projects to help decide how much you need to buy. I'll also take along the list to @woolatportsoy. #yarnshoppingisthebest #yarnchicken #portsoy #howmuchyarndoineed #handdyedyarn #knit #yarnfestival #scotland #visitabdnshire #visitabdn #knitscotland ...

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This week is all about prepping for @woolatportsoy so I'll be closing down the web shop, stock check and final bits of dyeing. How do you all prepare for a yarn show ? Do you toss your stash, looking through what you already have and see where there are gaps ? Do you look at patterns to decide what to make, or do you go along to shows with no plan and buy the skeins that jump out at you ? You know the ones, there is something about them that you just can't walk away. If you are anything like me, it'll be a combination of all three, but interested in your approach. #yarnaddict #portsoy #handdyedyarn #indiedyedyarn #skein #skeins #yarnshoppingisthebest #shoplocal #yarnaddict #handdyedinscotland ...

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This has been a fun and quick knit. Easy to remember pattern and tassels - what more do you need. Pattern is stormy sky shawl by @life_is_cozy. Yarn was dyed by me, colourway daffodil 150 grams of fingering weight. Kept going until all of the yarn was used. #sunshineyarn #indiedyedinscotland #indiedyedyarn #shawlknitting #blockedshawl #knittersofinstagram #knittersofscotland #lacyshawl #yarnover ...

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Looking forward to the next show @woolatportsoy on the 24th Aug as it's my local show. I'll be in the newly renovated Church Hall. My new tote bags will be on sale and some new colourways. #supportlocal #cullen #portsoy #cullenquine #bowfiddle #indiedyedinscotland #indiedyedyarn #yarnaddict #yarnaholic #yarnfest ...

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Looking for something to do today. Come along to the Clatt Dog show. Teas, homebakes and crafters is the perfect day out. I'm hoping to escape my stall to watch the judging of the most handsome dog (I'm not taking Harry along though). #supportlocal #homebakes #clatt #happyhounds #dogshow #mydogisthebest #summerinscotland #greatdaysout ...

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Perfect drying weather today for these bright skeins. I love the technique of hand painted yarns as they are truly one of a kind. The sunshine just makes the colours pop. These will be "Peter Fayre" are they remind me of the local show every July with the bright flashing lights and carnival rides. #handdyedyarn #handdyedinscotland #peterfair #handpaintedyarn #sockyarn #wherearemysunglasses #castonsocks #indiedyedinscotland #indiedyedyarn ...

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It's been a miserable day in the North East of Scotland, heavy rain, flooding and dreich. So I've been dyeing some rainbows today to remind us that without the rain, we don't have rainbows. Hopefully I'll have some left for @woolatportsoy #yarnaddict #aberdeen #dreich #scottishsummer #whereismycanoe #indiedyedinscotland #indiedyedyarn #knitarainbow #lovecolour ...

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Do you know that you can buy my yarns in @intricatedesignsuk in the beautiful town of Cullen. This is a treasure trove of amazing crafts and you get to squish yarns before buying. So if you are looking to start a new project then pop on by and have a look. Lots of lovely places for a coffee too. #cullen #yarnaddict #indiedyedinscotland #anyexcuseforicecream #weekendknitting #squishyyarn #sockknitter #craftersofscotland #localbusiness #localcraft #handdyedyarn ...

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I love this colour and this pattern is knitting up quickly. A bit of brightness after all of the rubbish weather we've been having. #oneskeinproject #knittersofinstagram #indiedyedinscotland #indiedyedyarn #knittersofscotland #knit #lovecolour #thisismyfriday #castonashawl ...

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