Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc. is a New York-based yarn company inspired by its relationship with Fashion Avenue. We currently have a portfolio of 5 distinct brands that can be found at leading yarn shops across the United States, as well as online. Tahki Stacy Charles is owned by Diane Friedman and Stacy Charles.
Diane Friedman founded Tahki Yarns in 1968, when she discovered a mill in County Donegal Ireland that was spinning lovely wool tweed weaving yarns for hand-loomed fabrics. From that trip, Donegal Tweed was born. Some years later, her search for the world’s most beautiful mercerized cotton brought her to a mill in Greece, where she developed Cotton Classic. These are just two of the many natural-fiber yarns which are the company’s trademark. Today, as then, Tahki Yarns is known for high-quality and affordable yarns, with a pattern line inspired by American sportswear.
Stacy Charles seemingly grew up in the yarn industry. He started in the business working for his Uncle Sam and Aunt Irma, who supplied buttons to the RTW market and imported European yarns for the hand-knitting market. Some years later, Stacy’s love of European fashion and knitting inspired him to start his own eponymous company, importing the prestigious Filatura di Crosa line for the American market, along with countless designer labels, most notably MISSONI.
In the Fall of 1999, Diane and Stacy, two New York-based friends and colleagues, decided to merge their companies and in January of 2000 TAHKI STACY CHARLES, Inc. was born. It was a match made in heaven! Tahki Stacy Charles covers the entire yarn market bringing American knitters beautiful yarns, knitting and crochet patterns at every price point.
In late 2012, Diane and Stacy began a collaboration with another NY-based yarn company, working with Iris and Elliot Schreier of Artyarns. By combining the hand-dyeing expertise and color artistry of Iris Schreier with the fashion flair of Stacy Charles, TSCArtyarns was born. Launched in January 2013, TSCArtyarns offers handknitters hand-painted yarns in high quality fibers at affordable prices, along with stylish patterns – available in printed design collections and downloadable e-patterns. TSCArtyarns products are available at your LYS; they are not available for purchase on our website.
Filatura Di Crosa – Since 1939, this Italian mill has cemented its position as the finest spinner of hand-knitting yarns for the world. FDC spins high-quality classic yarns including the extrafine merino “Zara Family,” the Golden Line of cashmere and other luxury fiber yarns, and innovative fashion yarns, such as the Missoni-inspired Tempo, that are created for each season. FDC design collections of Italian fashion at its finest are introduced each Spring and Fall.
Stacy Charles Fine Yarns – TSC’s high-fashion designer collection. Textures and colors inspired by the world of fashion are the hallmark of this brand. All the yarns, such as Crystal, Luna and Stella, are customized to mix-and-match, creating unique contrasts of texture in coordinated color palettes. These sophisticated yarns are spun from the best luxury fibers available, including mohair, merino, silk, and cashmere. Patterns are trend-driven, inspired by the world’s runways and NYC’s Seventh Avenue ready-to-wear collections.
Tahki Yarns – Innovative natural-fiber yarns at affordable prices have made Tahki Yarns a favorite go-to brand for over 40 years. All-natural eco-friendly fibers from the Terra Collection, the famous Donegal Tweed and Cotton Classic, and vibrant self-patterning multicolor yarns, such as Mesa and Tandem, are just a small part of the Tahki Yarns brand. Weekend casual looks are the design sensibility of this collection.
TahkiSelect – a fresh, fun approach to knit and crochet yarns, TahkiSelect offers value-priced wool-blend yarns with a twist. Each skein or ball creates an accessory project like a hat or cowl (with the pattern printed on the ball band) and provides the decorative accent as well! Hudson combines 2 yarns—a faux fur and a printed chainette—in a single ball. And Poppy—a super-bulky wool-blend—features 10 yarn flowers to slide along your knitting or crocheting and place where you will.
TSCArtyarns – Beautiful handpainted high-quality yarns in a variety of weights and textures. The gorgeous colorwork of Iris Schreier are carried throughout collection, with colors crossing over from yarn to yarn, enabling knitters and crocheters to create new textures by combining yarns in their projects. Iris is also extemely active on the TSCArtyarns Facebook page, previewing what she currently has on her needles and offers frequent KAL’s for her avid fans. Please also visit www.TSCArtyarns.com for more information.