Thursday, April 15, 2010
Resources for Spinners
Several members responded when we asked about favorite resources for spinners. The websites they told us about not only offer all you could ever need for spinning but many of them are beautiful to look at as well.
Paradise Fibers -- Here they sell everything for spinners, knitters and weavers AND they donate 2% of their annual profits to preserve fiberarts traditions. Check them out.
Crown Mountain Farms -- Another very nice site catering to spinners and knitters. Their BFL is said to be just incredible.
If you want pre-dyed wool dyed by real people there are lots of choices available on Etsy -- plus you gotta love that you're supporting small business owners. Just search for "Fleece" under "Supplies." One Etsy business that was specifically mentioned is Fiber Fancy. Our member said they have amazing hand-dyed Punta and Falkland.
International Fleece -- this company "imports unique, beautiful fibers from around the globe to provide new, exciting opportunities for fiber artists." The PFAG spinner who recommended this site says she hasn't bought from them yet -- but she's heard good things about them and she's impressed with their selection.
Of course the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) held each fall in Asheville was mentioned. This year the dates are Oct. 22 - 24.
To shop local, go to Local Harvest. You can shop for spinning fiber and specify a geographical range to support those who raise and care for animals close to you.
Kristin Nicholas lives on a sheep farm in western Massachusetts and designs, and knits, and paints and teaches and does a million creative things. Her blog is always fun to look at and right now, they have new lambs on the farm. Worth bookmarking for a regular look-see.
That's our list for now. If you know of additional resources we could share with Lowcountry spinners, we'd love to hear them.