Our Story

Sweet Paprika Designs was started in 2007 by sisters Elizabeth and Debbie Sullivan as a way to fund our fibre habit. Our grandmother got us started by teaching us to knit as children and we've never looked back. We've delved into crochet, dyeing, spinning and weaving and a variety of other fibre crafts along the way.

Our goal is to make beautiful yarns that complement any knitting or crochet project. We also strive to create patterns that are wearable, fun to make, and classically stylish. We are passionate about fibre and want to provide materials for crafters to use in creating truly beautiful hand-made projects.

Sweet Paprika offers artisan hand-dyed yarns, knitting and crochet patterns, and kits, which are all available online through our website as well as through selected retailers. We're based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where we offer dyeing workshops in our studio, host monthly knitting teas, and regularly attend fibre festivals and events.

We love connecting with other crafters both here in Montreal and around the world. You can find us on Facebook and Pinterest, join our Ravelry group, or if you're in the area we'd love to meet you in person at one of our events!



Debbie Sullivan enjoys working with textiles of all kinds, but yarn is a particular obsession. She loves starting with undyed yarn and working her way to a finished garment. Another outlet for her creativity is her double life working in theatre and film, and most recently as a puppeteer with The Flying Box Theatre.

At Sweet Paprika Debbie is responsible for the majority of the dyeing, and developing our new yarns and colours. You can find her on Ravelry and Craftsy as DeborahClare, or contact her by email at debbie@sweetpaprikadesigns.com.

Elizabeth Sullivan loves sharing her passion for yarn and enjoys watching her friends get addicted to knitting. She’s always dreaming up new designs and imagining all the wonderful things she could make if only there were more hours in the day. Always busy, Elizabeth also works as a freelance technical editor of knitting and crochet patterns, and as a Pilates instructor.

At Sweet Paprika Elizabeth runs the patterns and publishing side of things. You can find her on Ravelry and Craftsy as sweetpaprika, or contact her by email at elizabeth@sweetpaprikadesigns.com