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When you walk into River Colors Studio, it's immediately apparent why "Colors" is part of our name. Our selection of yarns includes bright primaries, soft pastels, heathered organics, unique colorways from hand-dyers and even undyed yarns the colors of the animals that produced them.

But the beauty of yarn isn't only in the color. Sometimes it's about texture, and that's where Shibui Yarns' make projects come alive. Based in Portland, Oregon, the company's name "Shibui" means "elegant with a touch of bitterness" in Japanese, and that translation encapsulates Shibui Yarns' aesthetic. The yarns are sophisticated in fiber and texture, and the patterns are developed to take advantage of those qualities. The recent line of patterns "Shibui Mix", uses different yarns in the same color palette to achieve striking yet subtle textural effects.

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Shibui Silk Cloud
Shibui Silk Cloud
Shibui Silk Cloud

Shibui Heichi
Organik Crater Lake
Organik Crater Lake

River Colors carries Cima, a laceweight plied alpace/merino blend; Silk Cloud, a laceweight wisp of silk and mohair that is beautiful alone, or bringing its halo as a carry-along, as well as Shibui's classic sock yarn (superwash merino), and the luxurious Staccato, a fingering-weight blend of merino and silk. While Staccato can be used for decadent socks, it really shines in lightweight accessories like scarves and shawls.

In lighter, more summery fibers, we stock Heichi, a tweedy worsted-weight raw silk, and Shibui Linen, a truly unique yarn. Linen is a chainette-style fingering-weight. Its construction makes it a softer and more resilient yarn for summer accessories than the traditional spun linen yarns on the market.

Our stock of Heichi, Linen and Silk Cloud come in the same palettes so that you can play with the textural striping ideas like the Shibui Mix patterns.

Choose from the many Shibui fibers we offer.

  • Cima
  • Heichi
  • Linen
  • Patterns
  • Silk Cloud
  • Staccato
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