FairyTaleWool

All-Naturally dyed wool and silk roving.For makers.

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia On Etsy since 2015

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FairyTaleWool

All-Naturally dyed wool and silk roving.For makers.

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia | 1,189 Sales

Announcement    If you are interested in naturally dyed wool and silk roving, art batts and rolags, this is the place to be. Craft tools as well as fiber art are also always available!

There are currently over 40 naturally dyed shades available, on fiber such as Romney, Merino, Alpaca, Mohair, Cotswold and tussah silk.
Natural, undyed wool is also available from breeds such as Romney, Icelandic, Cotswold, mohair, alpaca and other seasonally available fiber.

For more than 16 years I have been fascinated by what nature provides for the creative realm.

The idea of dyeing with natural dye substances was inspired by my close connection to our local Waldorf (Steiner) school.
Unlike synthetic colours, which are mono-chromatic, natural dyes create a variety of colours in each dye bath, and unlike synthetic colours, each shade goes harmonically with every other shade, never clashing.

At Fairy Tale Wool we pay attention to all processes, starting with the origin, proximity and quality of the sheered fleece and ending with appeal and convenience of the finished product.
All fibers, except for fine merino roving and tussah silk roving, are carefully selected, sorted, washed by hand, naturally hand dyed, and finally teased/ carded and packaged.
It's important to us that everything used in our processes comes from the shortest distance possible. We also use dye recipes which use the least amount of water and mordants possible and achieve as many shades possible in each dye batch.

If you are looking for a specific shade and cannot find it, please send me a direct message. Chances are that I can produce it. Exceptions are bright turquoise and azure.

A word on shipments within Canada and abroad:
Canada Post is one of the most expensive postal services worldwide. Nevertheless it has recently created the option of flat rate shipping within Canada (CAN$18 or $25, depending on volume) which Etsy shipping won't list as an option.
So some shipping fees that you see attached to my products seem horrendous. I will, however, always combine products in a shipment and will therefore refund any differences as soon as your order ships.
Shipments within Canada are expedited and tracked, all others are via Air Mail and untracked. If you need expedited, Xpress or prefer tracked shipping internationally (to be recommended to certain countries), please contact me prior to ordering and I create a reserved listing with increased cost of shipping for you.
Orders for CAN$100 and over will ship for free within North-America. (US customers: please use a currency converter!) International orders of CAN$100 and over ship for half the cost of shipping.

Announcement

Last updated on 22 Apr, 2020

If you are interested in naturally dyed wool and silk roving, art batts and rolags, this is the place to be. Craft tools as well as fiber art are also always available!

There are currently over 40 naturally dyed shades available, on fiber such as Romney, Merino, Alpaca, Mohair, Cotswold and tussah silk.
Natural, undyed wool is also available from breeds such as Romney, Icelandic, Cotswold, mohair, alpaca and other seasonally available fiber.

For more than 16 years I have been fascinated by what nature provides for the creative realm.

The idea of dyeing with natural dye substances was inspired by my close connection to our local Waldorf (Steiner) school.
Unlike synthetic colours, which are mono-chromatic, natural dyes create a variety of colours in each dye bath, and unlike synthetic colours, each shade goes harmonically with every other shade, never clashing.

At Fairy Tale Wool we pay attention to all processes, starting with the origin, proximity and quality of the sheered fleece and ending with appeal and convenience of the finished product.
All fibers, except for fine merino roving and tussah silk roving, are carefully selected, sorted, washed by hand, naturally hand dyed, and finally teased/ carded and packaged.
It's important to us that everything used in our processes comes from the shortest distance possible. We also use dye recipes which use the least amount of water and mordants possible and achieve as many shades possible in each dye batch.

If you are looking for a specific shade and cannot find it, please send me a direct message. Chances are that I can produce it. Exceptions are bright turquoise and azure.

A word on shipments within Canada and abroad:
Canada Post is one of the most expensive postal services worldwide. Nevertheless it has recently created the option of flat rate shipping within Canada (CAN$18 or $25, depending on volume) which Etsy shipping won't list as an option.
So some shipping fees that you see attached to my products seem horrendous. I will, however, always combine products in a shipment and will therefore refund any differences as soon as your order ships.
Shipments within Canada are expedited and tracked, all others are via Air Mail and untracked. If you need expedited, Xpress or prefer tracked shipping internationally (to be recommended to certain countries), please contact me prior to ordering and I create a reserved listing with increased cost of shipping for you.
Orders for CAN$100 and over will ship for free within North-America. (US customers: please use a currency converter!) International orders of CAN$100 and over ship for half the cost of shipping.

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Silke Billig

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Silke Billig

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About FairyTaleWool

Sales 1,189
On Etsy since 2015

Vibrant Colours - Directly From Nature!

Fairy Tale Wool was born out of a fascination for nature's beauty and a need for producing naturally dyed wool fleece/ roving sustainably.

It all started locally on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada, and was meant to provide our small Waldorf (Steiner) School and its community with affordable naturally dyed wool fleece. But due to an active greater crafting community, Fairy Tale Wool soon grew into its current size.

Except for merino wool, silk and some alpaca and mohair, all our fibers are sourced from BC, Canada, mostly locally as well as from Saltspring Island, BC, an island close by with a long history of fiber excellence. All breeders/ farmers are personally known to me and provide good care of their animals.
I have recently started switching from using Australian or New Zealand merino to North-American merino and/ or Rambouillet (a sister breed of merino), trying to thereby reducing its environmental footprint and being able to know more about its origin.

All dyes are derived from nature: petals (e.g. marigold), roots (e.g. madder), skins (e.g. onion), leaves (e.g. Indigo), mushrooms, lichen, and even little bugs (cochineal and lac). We grow some of them in our own bio-dynamic garden and use them, whenever available.

Due to our special water, all dye batches are consistent, which is not always easy to achieve in natural dyeing.

All-naturally dyed wool felt is in line with Waldorf school requirements, 100% wool and slightly thicker than synthetic felt.

We also offer a variety of natural, undyed batting/ roving for your basic spinning, felting and dyeing needs as well as natural Cotswold and mohair locks. Everything is unbleached and scoured, so it's ready for dyeing.

Apart from the usual production line, we also experiment with anything to do with fiber arts, and sometimes we even sell these creations. Just keep an eye on shop updates!

Some of our products can also be found at local stores and art galleries. If you're in the area, let us know and we can guide you in the right direction.

Like any good business, ours is founded on great relationships, inside the business (family) as well as in the greater community. Networking with close-by sheep breeders, producers of natural dyes as well as with other 'makers' is fundamental to our success.

Shop members

  • Silke Billig

    Owner

    From a young age on I couldn't keep my fingers off any fiber. Taught early by my grandmother, I tried everything from sewing, fair isle knitting, crochet to clay work and later felting. These days I'm very much into weaving and spinning.

Production partners

  • Plasticsmith

    Roberts Creek, BC

    Specialized in laser cutting, particularly acrylic objects. They helped me to develop and produce the pop-out loom.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on 27 Apr, 2020
Frequently asked questions
How does free shipping for orders CAN$100 and over work?

Use coupon code FREESHIP upon ordering. If you are a non-Canadian customer, please use an online currency converter to make sure the order is CAN$100 or more.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I'm happy to provide gift wrapping but it will be simple and will have elements of the product range, e.g. dyed locks and handspun string for decoration.

Custom and personalized orders

Never hesitate to get in touch with me regarding your ideas for a custom order! I'll be working closely with you to make sure that you get what you really need.

Care instructions

Since all my products are more or less made from natural and/ or naturally dyed wool/ silk, I strongly recommend using the following for all items made from them:
- handwashing in cold water with minimal agitation
- using a special ph+neutral wool washing detergent such as Orvus paste or Unicorn fiber wash as some natural dyes are ph-sensitive and might shift colour