Ellen Sakornbut's Profile

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I started this business with a friend, Wanda, who taught me a ton about how different fibers affect spinning blends. She has retired from the business, but my approach to fiber remains the same. My primary interest is in developing and supplying you as a fiber person with beautiful fiber grown on small US farms and ranches and in providing creative ways to combine fibers in yarns and spinning and felting blends.
I learn every day, and I learn best by doing. When I was still practicing my first career, I was a generalist, and I still lay claim to that, because I sew, spin, knit, crochet, felt, dye, and even weave a little. Some things I spend a lot of time on, and some just occasionally, but I try to use the fiber I am selling to you myself in some manner so I can speak directly to any questions you may have and make practical suggestions. That means I do test spins and test knits on new fibers. Besides…

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  • Female
  • Joined May 11, 2012

Favorite materials

silk, merino, cvm, alpaca, bamboo, shetland, cormo, rambouillet, targhee, icelandic, angora, mohair, BFL

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About

I started this business with a friend, Wanda, who taught me a ton about how different fibers affect spinning blends. She has retired from the business, but my approach to fiber remains the same. My primary interest is in developing and supplying you as a fiber person with beautiful fiber grown on small US farms and ranches and in providing creative ways to combine fibers in yarns and spinning and felting blends.
I learn every day, and I learn best by doing. When I was still practicing my first career, I was a generalist, and I still lay claim to that, because I sew, spin, knit, crochet, felt, dye, and even weave a little. Some things I spend a lot of time on, and some just occasionally, but I try to use the fiber I am selling to you myself in some manner so I can speak directly to any questions you may have and make practical suggestions. That means I do test spins and test knits on new fibers. Besides this shop which is all about fiber supplies, I have a separate shop for completed fiber art wearables, SongWear, and I sell a lot of my fiber art at art and fiber festivals. I sometimes use someone else's yarn in my work, but very frequently it features fiber from this business. I'm glad to share that experience, and it's a way of learning and keeping quality control for me.
You will see an overwhelming preponderance of natural fiber here, no superwash, and no products sold on that were developed by someone else. During our warm weather sales, I do carry a number of hand dyed yarns in silk, cotton, and linen, and occasionally I buy US fiber in quantity from someone when it fills a specific need; if that is the case, I will say so. I dye my own yarns or dye in the lock before processing.
Usually, our fiber is from individual fleeces I bought from the person who raised the animal. I use one mill for almost all my fiber processing and stand by her quality. This does not provide you with the cheapest price you can pay, for example, for merino roving or top, usually from an overseas source and produced in quantity. I'm not competing with Australian merino. However, the breeders I buy from over and over offer special care and attention to their small flocks and produce beautiful fiber because they love to do so and love their animals. They also represent families across the country who have chosen to continue living in a manner that represents one of our greatest traditions and maintains a sustainable practice. I support them in doing so, and you can, too.
I'm happy you took the time to read this, and I hope we will develop a continued relationship through fiber. I want you to be happy with your purchase and to enjoy it as much as I do.

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