High Quality Tops and Worsted Yarns
Designed & Spun in Devon

Diversity, Inclusivity & Environmental Statements

John Arbon Textiles Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We think a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment is one where all employees & customers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, religion, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and to keeping all John Arbon Textiles spaces (be they at our Mill, our Shop, a yarn show, or online) safe and enjoyable for all. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and wish to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

John Arbon Textiles strives to:

  • See diversity, inclusion, as critical to ensure the well-being of our staff and our splendid customers.

  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services.

    • Please do let us know if you think we could do better by emailing Juliet. (

  • Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.

  • Commit to collaborating with a more diverse range of designers and makers going forward.

    • If you are a designer and a member of an under-represented community then we would love to hear from you with regards to potential yarn support! Please email Sonja (

John Arbon Textiles Environmental Policy

We believe in buying and making local. We source almost all our fibre and packaging materials from Britain and work closely with UK scouring and dye plants. We care deeply about creating yarn using the smallest footprint possible, for both environmental and economic reasons. The company strives for continual improvement, and all employees are committed to managing the environmental impact of our processes.

John Arbon Textiles recognises the importance of protecting the environment and this is reflected in the following policies:

  • Monitor our environmental performance and that of our systems and undertake waste reduction and re-cycling initiatives.

    • We produce virtually no waste fibre as broken tops are sold as show specials and noil distributed to visitors for their garden veg.

  • Our staff do all they can to reduce the company's impact on the environment. We recycle most of the waste we produce and keep the remainder to a minimum.

  • If you have a specific environmental or production query then please email John and he will be happy to help. (

John Arbon Textiles & Fibre Harvest - British makers of yarns and fibres

Welcome to John Arbon Textiles' website, every page adorned with our luxury Yarns & Fibre Tops, a fine array of woolly wonders.

Nestled in the heart of North Devon, our Mill is one of only a handful of small-scale, specialist worsted processing & spinning Mills still operating in the UK. Full of refurbished machinery John has rescued over the years, with some newer additions along the way, the Mill is where we create, develop and make all our Yarn & Fibre Tops ranges. The new Mill arrival, Italian cone winder (Gino) has settled in splendidly, whilst Gillian the skeiner (one of our oldest machines at over 100 years of age) has had a re-vamp & is running smoother than ever.

Some of our ranges are... Knit by Numbers (100% organically farmed Merino in over 100 gradient shades), Exmoor Sock (our newest addition), Exmoor Zwartbles 4ply & DK (wonderfully woolly & hardwearing), Harvest Hues (bouncy with deep, rich shades), and Devonia (brimming with drape and lustre). Many of these glorious ranges are made using sheep reared and sheared on our doorstep in Devon, as it is important to John to incorporate local & rare breed fleeces wherever possible.

This last year has been a rollercoaster of woolly excitement - we passed the sock side of our business onto Kim Kearney (Arbon Socks) in order to focus wholeheartedly on producing our specialist Yarn & Tops. Our South Molton Mill folk, led enthusiastically by John, are Helena, Jack, Phil, Tash & Frankie (who's come back to the fold proper) - a fantastic team of woolly magicians. Generous amounts of backup comes from Juliet & Sonja (an invaluable new addition) based at our Lynton shop & office, which steadfast assistance from Judi & Ginette.

2019 sees our 5th Mill Open Weekend & Sale on 8th & 9th June, whilst we look forward to attending shows such as Unravel, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Wonderwool, Woolfest, Fibre East & Yarndale.

Thanks to all our loyal customers for your warm wholehearted support & encouragement. We couldn't do it without you.

All the best indeed

John & Juliet


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