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Retail Supplier to Textile Artists 1971-2001 - 30 Years
now Wholesale Only in Richmond, California
Straw into Gold was begun in 1971 by Susan Druding and Sambra Neet (Sam left for Oregon in 1973). Andy MacEwan joined Susan as a partner in the late 1970's. Straw survived and grew and added a wholesale branch (Crystal Palace Yarns) which supplies yarns, fibers, Ashford spinning and weaving products and spinning supplies to shops and coned yarns to designers.
In Spring of 2001,
after 30 years as a retail store, Straw closed and moved to Richmond, California
as Wholesale-only supplier to shops and designers.
Over the years Straw was always been known for its wonderful fiber & yarn
oriented staff who did much to make Straw Into Gold a nationally (and
internationally) known supplier of yarns, books, fibers, and
Straw Into Gold, Inc./Crystal Palace Yarns wholesales yarns and knitting needles which are shown on the Crystal Palace section of this website. Free Knitting Patterns for CPY yarns are here.
Straw in Berkeley is Closed
Photos of Straw Into Gold as it was 12/2000 - HERE
Straw's move to Richmond 2001-2003 - now Crystal Palace Yarns Wholesale
See the moving photos
If you wish to buy our Crystal Palace Yarns and knitting needles, check the SHOP LIST link at the top of this page.
Straw Into Gold no longer does retail sales.
A list of all our yarns is here.
We have published some
of our past articles, handouts, dye recipes,
dye history and knitting patterns
on the Web. We hope you will find the information useful. During the late 70's and early 80's Susan Druding published
the "Textile Artists' Newsletter" (TAN) and some of those out-of-print issues
will be scanned for these pages. A series of TAN
Articles on fiber reactive dyes is now here. Use the SEARCH link at the top
of the page to search for specific terms on this site.
You will see Straw Into Gold referred to on these pages by its "nicknames", Straw and SIG.
Here's a photo of the last
retail store (taken Dec
2000) showing our "Sale Moving" sign in the window. The sign later changed to "CLOSED"
when we were unable to find a large space to move our retail store. We finished emptying the building
on May 12, 2001.
For more photos click HERE.