Hilltopfibre

The Hilltop Fibre Worker

Ottawa, Canada · 41 Sales

Hilltopfibre

The Hilltop Fibre Worker

Ottawa, Canada 41 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(24)
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Elizabeth

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Announcement   Welcome to the Hilltop Fibreworker. I specialize in well designed, handdyed roving for handspinners and in weaving kits and tutorials for Rigid Heddle weavers.

Fractal rovings are designed to create predictable patterns in the finished yarn and finished object. The colours and values are chosen to interact well with each other so that the finished effect is complex and beautiful. Spun as directed there are no unwelcome side effects (no mud, barberpole nor pooling here!)

See a range of finished projects on Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/hilltop-fibreworker-fractal-roving

I'd love to see what you do with my roving, please feel welcome to point me to your yarns and projects - my ravelry name is hilltopfibre.

I have been knitting for nearly 40 years, spinning and dyeing for over 20 and teaching fibre arts for more than 10. Fractal rovings evolved from my frustration with some space dyed rovings that could not be spun to look anything like the original. An article in Spin Off on Fractals several years ago set me thinking about how rovings could be dyed to interact with each other in the plying in a predictable way. I admit that colour theory does not come naturally to me and credit Deb Menz's books with helping me to design with colour and value. I am especially drawn to analogous colour schemes as they rarely create mud, barberpole or clown effects.

My home studio is overseen by both feline and canine supervisors. You can meet them on the blog: http://hilltopfibre.blogspot.ca/ where I natter occasionally about all things fibre, friends, food and family.

I practice waste reduction. Dyes are measured carefully and containers are emptied completely onto the fibre. I use reuseable packaging for steaming and yarn ends from weaving for tying roving skeins. Roving is shipped in the smallest possible packaging reducing weight and shipping costs.

I hope you enjoy my offerings. Have an idea or looking for another colourway? Please let me know. Most colourways are repeatable though there will be some variation from dyelot to dyelot.

More recently I have become a weaver. My passion is stretching the boundaries with the Rigid Heddle loom. So far there are kits and tutorials available for Summer and Winter on the Rigid Heddle, but I have more ideas so stay tuned.

Announcement
Last updated on Oct 27, 2015

Welcome to the Hilltop Fibreworker. I specialize in well designed, handdyed roving for handspinners and in weaving kits and tutorials for Rigid Heddle weavers.

Fractal rovings are designed to create predictable patterns in the finished yarn and finished object. The colours and values are chosen to interact well with each other so that the finished effect is complex and beautiful. Spun as directed there are no unwelcome side effects (no mud, barberpole nor pooling here!)

See a range of finished projects on Ravelry:

http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/hilltop-fibreworker-fractal-roving

I'd love to see what you do with my roving, please feel welcome to point me to your yarns and projects - my ravelry name is hilltopfibre.

I have been knitting for nearly 40 years, spinning and dyeing for over 20 and teaching fibre arts for more than 10. Fractal rovings evolved from my frustration with some space dyed rovings that could not be spun to look anything like the original. An article in Spin Off on Fractals several years ago set me thinking about how rovings could be dyed to interact with each other in the plying in a predictable way. I admit that colour theory does not come naturally to me and credit Deb Menz's books with helping me to design with colour and value. I am especially drawn to analogous colour schemes as they rarely create mud, barberpole or clown effects.

My home studio is overseen by both feline and canine supervisors. You can meet them on the blog: http://hilltopfibre.blogspot.ca/ where I natter occasionally about all things fibre, friends, food and family.

I practice waste reduction. Dyes are measured carefully and containers are emptied completely onto the fibre. I use reuseable packaging for steaming and yarn ends from weaving for tying roving skeins. Roving is shipped in the smallest possible packaging reducing weight and shipping costs.

I hope you enjoy my offerings. Have an idea or looking for another colourway? Please let me know. Most colourways are repeatable though there will be some variation from dyelot to dyelot.

More recently I have become a weaver. My passion is stretching the boundaries with the Rigid Heddle loom. So far there are kits and tutorials available for Summer and Winter on the Rigid Heddle, but I have more ideas so stay tuned.

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth

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5 out of 5 stars
(24)
smallweaver

smallweaver on Mar 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent and responsive service, lovely product, clear instructions - all around nice experience with this seller!

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About

WYSIWYG Rovings

I started designing and making Fractal Rovings out of frustration with many handdyed rovings that simply would not spin "as advertised". I often had beginning spinners come to me with beautiful rovings they had purchased wondering why the yarn looked nothing like the roving. I wanted something a lot more WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). I started looking closely at both rovings and the resulting yarns and really thinking about how dye colour choice, arrangement, and the staple length of the fibre affected the finished yarn. Self Striping yarns were just beginning to appear and I wanted to spin something like them.

My experiments resulted in Fractal Rovings - rovings that spin into predictable stripes that look like the colours in the original roving. I loved them, and I loved playing with colourways. Trouble was, I can dye a whole lot faster than I can spin and much, much faster than I can knit up what I've spun. The FibreSpace was getting overrun. So I started to sell my creations, first to fellow guild members and then on to Etsy.

My approach to colour is on the technical side. I am not an artist, I'm an artisan meaing I have good technical skills in spinning and dyeing, but less talent for colour. So I started by working with analogous colour schemes - using only 2 primaries at a time prevents mud. I had an old book of dye samples and formulas that gave me a starting point. From there I built a base set of formulas that I could change by varying depth of shade and by changing the primary colours I used. Then I got a little braver and tried some tertiary colours - colours made with 3 primaries - and the Grey's Analogy colourways were born. I fine tuned the base formula sets for Analogies and Grey's Analogies with 3 value ranges for each (Pale, Mid and Dark).

In 2013 I taught an introduction to acid dyes workshop at my guild (www.ovwsg.com). You can read about what we did on my blog (http://hilltopfibre.blogspot.ca/2013_03_01_archive.html) but basically we ended up with sample books showing over 120 combinations of 2 or 3 of my primary dye colours. It's amazing how large a difference changing a primary colour makes (for examples see Ocean and Calypso or Periwinkle and Blueberry; they are made with the same formulas, just different blues). The sample book means that I now have a reference that allows me to create a vast variety of colourways simply by choosing a set of primary colours to plug into my base formulas. It will take me a VERY long time to exhaust the possibilities...

I have a day job, help my DH run a small business and we have 2 teenage children. Fibre pursuits often take a back seat until summer. As a school Speech/Language Pathologist I have summers off and that's when I am able to really produce. I participated in Twist Festival in 2013 and will do so again in 2014 so I am motivated to produce lots of colourways and product which will eventually make it Etsy. My friend Judy (www.jumaka.com) is a brilliant professionally trained photographer (and spinner, dyer, woodturner and more - go visit her when you are done here :-)) who finally helped me deal with getting some decent photos which is my usual stumbling block in posting to Etsy (and Ravelry, and the blog...).

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    I have been knitting for nearly 40 years and spinning and dyeing for over 20. I am an Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Master Spinner. I teach spinning at the OVWSG and have written for Ply magazine.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 2, 2012
The Hilltop Fibreworker aims to provide high quality, well designed rovings for handspinners. As an experienced spinner, knitter and weaver I am always thinking beyond the roving to the finished yarn and finished products. Colours and, in the case of Fractals, colour placements are carefully chosen to prevent unwelcome surprises in the finished object.

I have been practicing the 3R's since long before it was fashionable. I mix exactly the right amount of dye for each project so that there is no waste. I have found a reuseable wrap for steaming the rovings, so I'm not throwing away plastic wrap every time I dye. Rovings are tied with thrums from weaving projects. I'm working on a use for the paper towels I use to wipe up - they really are too pretty to throw away!

My studio is overseen by both feline and canine supervisors. While I do my best to keep them out of the fibre there may be the odd cat or dog hair included.

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Preferred payment method is by Paypal and all payments are expected within three days.
Shipping
Shipping is via Canada Post. Packages will be shipped at least once per week. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost, please contact for details

Customs fees, if any, are the responsibility of the buyer.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you have an issue please contact me immediately so that we can work on a solution. 



Please remember that colours on computer monitors vary. If you are unsure about a colour, please contact me and I'll attempt to describe it or send you a different picture.

 Please contact me if you have questions regarding colours or any other issues.
Additional policies and FAQs
Looking for a larger quantity or a special colour? Custom orders are available but require a 50% deposit payable by Paypal before work can begin.

Love the roving but don't spin or have a spinner available? Rovings can be custom spun for you, contact me for information and timelines.