Cowgirlblues is a Cape Town based dye house and design studio specialising in South African wool and mohair. Started by Bridget Henderson, who after an MBA at Instead, a stint at Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy in Paris, and a successful career as a strategy consultant returned to Cape Town and took up knitting again, experimenting with texture, patterns and colour. Frustrated at not being able to find suitable wool locally, she decided to start spinning and dyeing her own, and so the cowgirlblues brand was born.
Cowgirlblues is all about creativity and personal connection. From the studio in Cape Town, our skilled team hand dyes yarns and products, and prepares the beautiful balls and skeins that inspire makers all over the world. We work with the finest South African mohair and merino yarns, all of which are locally produced. Excellent quality merino wool and mohair fibre is cleaned, combed and spun by our suppliers to international standards. Our range is carefully selected to offer quality and versatility in yarn weights and fibre blends.
Our custom colour palette is created in-house, from primary colours. Commercial dyes are sourced from reputable manufacturers compliant with European safety standards, and all of our dyeing is done by hand. The colour palette is updated regularly to keep it fresh, contemporary and inspiring, but customers are always welcome to continue ordering prior season shades.
Inspiration is everywhere and we draw ours from the local landscape, people, flora and fauna, as well as contemporary fashion and international trends. We develop knitting and crochet patterns to showcase both our yarns and our colours, many of which are available on our website, and we maintain an active presence on social media to connect with and inspire our customers.
“If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you will force it into the realm of magic.”
— Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues