FiberCurio

Fiber Curio and Sundries

Waterloo, Iowa · 534 Sales

FiberCurio

Fiber Curio and Sundries

Waterloo, Iowa 534 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(224)

Announcement   Welcome to Fiber Curio and Sundries, a small company focused on innovative ways to utilize US small farm fiber. I purchase the fleeces featured here from small family farms that continue to uphold a great agricultural tradition. While there are many options in the fiber world to purchase your spinning fiber and yarns, I hope you will give these special fibers a try.
Some things you should know about these fiber products:
1. They come from small batches, often 10# or less, Thus, even though I may re-do a basic formula, fiber does not match from batch to batch. It's very important you purchase the entire amount of spinning fiber or yarn you might need for a project because there is no way to match later.
2. I do a test spin and often a test knit on every yarn and every roving batch. I want to be sure of its quality and be able to personally address how it handles and what it might be best used for. A significant number of these fibers have been used in my own fiber art, including a number in felting projects.
3. We welcome questions!

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Last updated on Nov 21, 2016

Welcome to Fiber Curio and Sundries, a small company focused on innovative ways to utilize US small farm fiber. I purchase the fleeces featured here from small family farms that continue to uphold a great agricultural tradition. While there are many options in the fiber world to purchase your spinning fiber and yarns, I hope you will give these special fibers a try.
Some things you should know about these fiber products:
1. They come from small batches, often 10# or less, Thus, even though I may re-do a basic formula, fiber does not match from batch to batch. It's very important you purchase the entire amount of spinning fiber or yarn you might need for a project because there is no way to match later.
2. I do a test spin and often a test knit on every yarn and every roving batch. I want to be sure of its quality and be able to personally address how it handles and what it might be best used for. A significant number of these fibers have been used in my own fiber art, including a number in felting projects.
3. We welcome questions!

Ellen Sakornbut

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Ellen Sakornbut

gray CVM wool alpaca roving spin felt knit weave
gray CVM wool alpaca roving spin felt knit weave
$20.00
black alpaca CVM tencel angora DK weight yarn,
black alpaca CVM tencel angora DK weight yarn,
$30.00
Fantasy roving brown CVM Alpaca silk soysilk
Fantasy roving brown CVM Alpaca silk soysilk
$20.00
Fantasy roving Danny Boy BFL and silk
Fantasy roving Danny Boy BFL and silk
$20.00
Navajo Churro locks black doll hair, beards, felt
Navajo Churro locks black doll hair, beards, felt
$6.00
Navajo churro wool roving charcoal gray
Navajo churro wool roving charcoal gray
$14.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(224)
Heather S.

Heather S. on Jun 18, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It's so soft and wonderful!!! And it arrived so quickly. Ellen is my favourite fiber supplier. I always show up to any fiber show she is at in my area. <3 This is so easy to spin and feels like a dream cloud. Thanks again!

Sharon Avital

Sharon Avital on Jun 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful fiber! fast shipping! Thank you!

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About

US Fiber from Small Farms

Wanda and I started our business more or less as a yarn adoption agency. However, it has gone considerably past that stage, mainly because of the challenge of learning new things. Wanda had been blending fibers for her own personal use for some time, and our blended rovings got their start with her experience. Probably the idea of "hair color" was mine. So, frequently our rovings are a blend of wool with addition of some kind of camelid fiber like alpaca, llama, or camel down, or something that is silky, maybe Tencel, or bamboo. Each fleece and each fiber has its strong points, and sometimes the roving is blended in a manner that makes even more striking that aspect of the base fiber, such as drape or softnesss. Sometimes we want the camelid fiber to star and the wool is mainly there for elasticity and memory. When we blend for color, we frequently combine colors in the same way that your natural hair color displays variation; this achieves depth and interest. We've even added natural colored silk in some roving blends, and we also have had fun with throwing in dyed fibers to blend with natural.

We started offering custom batch millspun yarn for knitters looking for the same features in yarn that we offer in our spinning fiber. Neither of us is an expert knitter, so we are always looking and learning. If you want to teach us, we want to learn! Again, it's small farm fiber, and fleeces are purchased from the person who raised the animal. The process to get that yarn is gentle, leaving a low carbon footprint. We do not utilize harsh chemical, thermal, or mechanical processes on our fleeces to remove vegetable matter or create artificially washable wool. The farmers raising these animals are using sustainable practices, and they carry on an important agricultural tradition in our country. Since we use fleece from a number of rare breed animals, we are also helping to preserve genetic diversity. Each breed has its best uses, and hopefully, we are part of helping to spread the word about those special features.

There is no way to know what a fiber does if you don't work with it yourself. Our focus is on natural fibers and especially animal fibers, but sometimes we innovate a little even dabbling with cellulose fibers, like our "Summer Roving" that has ramie (or nettle) and bamboo combined with two animal fibers, lambswool and mohair. We spin some of every batch we have blended. Our mill does a great job, but this way we can be sure how the fiber spins. We want you to be absolutely satisfied. Since both of us work day jobs, I can't claim we have some great research department doing a bunch of tests, but we actually have put wool fleeces through a series of tests to determine that our Cheviot sock yarns are machine washable.

I suppose it also makes sense that we work with the fibers ourselves to make things. Why should you have all the fun? Anyway, we keep learning. Wanda recently took classes on needle felting. I'm trying to learn about Japanese textiles. Sometimes we find out things about fiber in applications we don't know much about, such as doll wig making. I've never made a doll wig, but I do enjoy seeing what our customers have been doing. Are you looking for something specific? Convo us. Maybe we have something that you are looking for. Everything is not up on our site, and we come accross a lot of interesting fiber. We're always up for a challenge. Thank you for your interest in our shop.
Ellen Sakornbut

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  • Ellen and Wanda

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    I am a mainly self taught fiber artist living in Iowa. I have practiced some of the fiber arts all my life, but spinning and felting became new passions in 2011. I won't sell you something I would not like to use myself.

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