The company was founded in the late 70’s in California as Yarn Loft
International importing primarily serger threads.
In the early 80’s the company moved to Provo, Utah and became a pioneer in silk
ribbon embroidery and a leader in ribbons and books. During this time, YLI’s
reputation grew as a supplier of top quality products to the needlework and
Another move in 1996, this time to Rock Hill, South Carolina, saw the company
enter the booming quilting market. It was an innovative period with new threads
constantly added to the company’s expanding product line.
During the late 90’s,
YLI began marketing its high quality, niche products solely to independent
retailers. The company sourced many of its new products in the U.S. while
maintaining strong ties to Japan for specialty products.
In 2001, YLI purchased its largest U.S. supplier. Five years later, YLI moved to
a renovated textile mill in Rock Hill, tripling its manufacturing and warehouse
space. This key move allowed YLI to prepare for the next step in the company’s
YLI’s 100% long staple cotton products are purchased from Egypt, dyed in North
Carolina, Georgia or Japan and then finished, wound and packaged in South
Carolina. Hand Quilting thread has an additional step of starch glazing in
Today YLI is one of the last companies producing our consumer cotton
threads in the U.S.
We enjoy giving tours of our Rock Hill facility. If you’re interested in seeing
the innovative YLI threads being made, please contact at (800) 296-8139 or email
Jane Garrison email@example.com for details. We look forward to meeting you.
Get to know us
Jim Miller, President
With more than three decades of textile experience, Jim Miller leads
YLI. He has worked with weaving companies Springs and JPS Textile as well as
thread manufacturer, A&E.
Jim and his partner, Lanny Smith, purchased YLI from Esther and Dan Randall in
1996 and relocated the organization to South Carolina. When Lanny retired in
2005, Jim became the sole owner.
“I’m very proud that we wind and, in some cases, wind and dye our products in
the United States. I believe we create more content in the U.S. than any of our
Jane Garrison, Director of Education
Jane’s Mom discovered how to keep her energetic child quiet and productive. She
first taught Jane how to use scissors, then needles, thread and fabric. Sewing
machine instructions followed and Jane’s passion was born.
After several interesting and challenging jobs, Jane purchased a needlework shop
and turned her passion into a business. She’s taught knitting, sewing, tatting,
embroidery, smocking and nearly everything else using a needle.
While being an entrepreneur, mother of two and grandmother of two, Jane found
time to work toward a textile design degree and serve as the National Events
Manager for Bernina of America.
"Jane joined YLI in 2005 as Director of Education."