Jazzturtle

Handspun Art Yarn & Art Batts for Unique Fiber Artists

North Carolina, United States · 2838 Sales

Jazzturtle

Handspun Art Yarn & Art Batts for Unique Fiber Artists

North Carolina, United States 2838 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(2010)
Shop owner

Esther

Contact

Announcement   Happy Spring!! Shop is sporadically updated between teaching gigs. If you would like something special, send me a message!

For tips and techniques on spinning, check out my NEW Interweave video on How to Spin Art Yarn -
I have signed DVD's with and without Add in kits- a perfect holiday gift for the spinner in your life!

To learn more about fiber preparations, check out my new Craftsy class- Fiber Preparation for Spinning- This link gives you 20% off the retail price!! www.craftsy.com/ext/EstherRodgers_8952_H
For other tips and tricks and general peeks into my of fiber art check out my articles in PLY Magazine (www.plymagazine.com) and the tutorials on my website. (www.jazzturtle.com).
Want to see a bit more about my process? Check out my Made in the Carolinas Segment that aired on Time Warner News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpE2rlCQCHQ

Amazeballs new patterns written for Jazzturtle yarns are now available! Check them out at www.jazzturtle.com/patterns. If you would like to preorder or custom order any yarns for patterns please convo me!

I just opened my "Couture" Boutique. Here's where I will be listing my woven, knit and felted Textile Art to Wear and Home Decor! Check out www.jazzturtlecouture.etsy.com to see what you can make with all this yarn and fiber I have listed here!

Please see my shop policies for FAQ's and shipping info.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jazzturtle/policy
International shipping has SKYROCKETED (so has domestic.. but international is out of CONTROL!!) All overages over $2 are refunded!!
If you have any questions please send me a convo.

Check out www.jazzturtle.com for all your Jazzturtle info- events, workshops, tutorials, press and other goodies!!

Subscribe for the Newsletter- http://eepurl.com/esrx-/

I am honored that some find inspiration in my fiber art and creative yarns. I'm happy to answer any technique questions you may have! Please respect me as an artist and don't copy my work. All images and designs are © 2007-2015

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 6, 2016

Happy Spring!! Shop is sporadically updated between teaching gigs. If you would like something special, send me a message!

For tips and techniques on spinning, check out my NEW Interweave video on How to Spin Art Yarn -
I have signed DVD's with and without Add in kits- a perfect holiday gift for the spinner in your life!

To learn more about fiber preparations, check out my new Craftsy class- Fiber Preparation for Spinning- This link gives you 20% off the retail price!! www.craftsy.com/ext/EstherRodgers_8952_H
For other tips and tricks and general peeks into my of fiber art check out my articles in PLY Magazine (www.plymagazine.com) and the tutorials on my website. (www.jazzturtle.com).
Want to see a bit more about my process? Check out my Made in the Carolinas Segment that aired on Time Warner News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpE2rlCQCHQ

Amazeballs new patterns written for Jazzturtle yarns are now available! Check them out at www.jazzturtle.com/patterns. If you would like to preorder or custom order any yarns for patterns please convo me!

I just opened my "Couture" Boutique. Here's where I will be listing my woven, knit and felted Textile Art to Wear and Home Decor! Check out www.jazzturtlecouture.etsy.com to see what you can make with all this yarn and fiber I have listed here!

Please see my shop policies for FAQ's and shipping info.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jazzturtle/policy
International shipping has SKYROCKETED (so has domestic.. but international is out of CONTROL!!) All overages over $2 are refunded!!
If you have any questions please send me a convo.

Check out www.jazzturtle.com for all your Jazzturtle info- events, workshops, tutorials, press and other goodies!!

Subscribe for the Newsletter- http://eepurl.com/esrx-/

I am honored that some find inspiration in my fiber art and creative yarns. I'm happy to answer any technique questions you may have! Please respect me as an artist and don't copy my work. All images and designs are © 2007-2015

Esther

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Esther

About

I was recently featured in the publication Spin Artiste. This is copied from the original article- Posted on November 25, 2011 by Arlene Ciroula

Spin Artiste (SA): What led you to specifically becoming a fiber artist?

Esther Rodgers (ER): I’ve always been really good with color. I made patchwork clothes and sold them in the Parking Lot at Dead and Phish shows (and on ebay) back in my younger hippie days. It helped pay for my massage school. I loved the hunt in the fabric and thrift stores- finding prints and colors that worked together.

Then fiber happened!! It started when my now husband proposed. I wanted to knit scarves for all my bridesmaids. When I went to find the yarn, none of it ‘spoke’ to me as I felt they should. I had another challenge because my best friend (and maid of honor) is allergic to wool, so I had to find a pretty non wool substitute.

When I discovered handspun, I knew THIS is what I had been looking for, but the amount I needed was WAY outside of my budget, so I figured I had to make my own. So that’s why I learned to spin and knit. Once I sat down at the wheel I knew that I was a goner. I was instantly hooked. I found spinning to be another way to play with color and glitter (I also have history playing with color and glitter through quilting, scrapbooking, decoupage. I have always been a crafty beaver but nothing ever spoke to my soul like fiber) Then, fast forward 19 months when my husband got laid off. The spinning that had become my hobby and creative outlet then became a sustainable business. I’m really blessed that what I love can support my family. I’m not saying it’s not work- it’s an insane amount of work- but I can’t say I don’t love what I do each day.

SA: How long have you been spinning and who taught you?

ER: I have been spinning since June 2007. I took a beginning spinning class at a LYS. It was 2 lessons with a spindle, then 2 lessons on a wheel. I bought my first wheel (an Ashford Joy) 2 weeks later. 9 months later I sold the Joy and bought my Lendrum & then an AURA. Other than those beginning lessons, I’m all self taught. Just experimentation and playing around at my wheel. I have found MUCH inspiration from all 3 of Lexi Boegers’s books. When I bought “Interwined”, I was so thrilled to see what I had been doing in my experiments were ‘real’ published techniques!

A lot of what I do is trial and error — making things work, per say. I got some validation seeing what I was doing, others were doing as well. I’ve attended, in the last few years, a number of Lexi’s workshops (including her week long studio grand opening celebration, dubbed “Yarnival”) and always find something new and inspirational just hanging out with like minded creative spinners.

SA: What do you feel distinguishes you as a fiber artist?

ER: My fearless use of color and texture. Just as I have a very diverse music taste, I do with fiber as well. I can spin a fine chain ply yarn, but then add curly locks as I ply or stack the fiber while I’m chaining. I’m always inspired to constantly be pushing what I can do with my artwork. I like to play with techniques: combining them, tweaking them to create new textures. I am always ‘searching’ when I’m out for yarn add in’s that lend sparkle or texture! I am always open to inspiration as I come to it in my life through music, nature, television. I try to spin my life experiences into my yarn and my life is full of texture!

SA: Your use of color is so fantastic. What is your philosophy or approach regarding color?

ER: Use it with reckless abandon? LOL!! When I am going to have a carding session, I pull all of my colors out and surround myself with them so I can see everything. I have 2 ways of choosing color for carding actually. Sometimes, I plan colorway: I bring together a set of colors in advance, and then I just pull textures and sparkle from my bins as I go. These batts often have color combinations that I record so I can encore for a customer if they’d like
Then, I card off the cuff– just grabbing color and texture without thinking of how they will look in the end. This is my favorite way of carding: totally crazed and exciting. I try to do a bit of both in each carding session to keep my creative self fluid.

My dyepots are the same. I will plan colorways: making and keeping sketched colorways and color recipies. I also just “sling” dye into the pot — giving myself a total surprise when everything is done. I really love doing things both ways

SA:Tell us about your studio/workspace.

ER:I have a small “batt cave”– which is my carding studio. It’s just 11×10, but I have A LOT of stuff!

I use ALL of the wall space with shelving units and cubbies and bookshelves. I use over the door shoe holders for plying cones and locks. I also use the space under tables for clean fleeces in pop up hampers. I have 3 carders out on the carding table for active use, then 1 more that gets rotated in.
For me, it’s important that I have all my carding add in’s within arm’s reach. Sparkles are in a drawer right above the station! LOVE SPARKLE

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  • Esther Rodgers

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator

    My name is Esther & I'm a fiber addict. I love to get my hands dirty- I get my wool raw from farms & take it through the entire process of washing, dyeing, spinning & creating. I hope you like what what you see! Feel free to ask me any ?'s you have

Shop policies

Last updated on September 13, 2013
Welcome to JazzTurtle Creations, my wild corner of the Creative Fiber universe. Here you'll find unique handspun art yarns, fiber art batts, and other fiber goodies I create
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Amazeballs new patterns written for Jazzturtle yarns are now available! Check them out at www.jazzturtle.com/patterns

I just opened my "Couture" Boutique. Here's where I will be listing my woven, knit and felted Textile Art to Wear and Home Decor! Check out www.jazzturtlecouture.etsy.com to see what you can make with all this yarn and fiber I have listed here!

I use wool I've purchased from animal friendly small farms that love their animals and would never hurt them. I love the process of washing, dyeing, carding and spinning, and I love passing it onto you!! . I enjoy playing with color, texture and lots of sparkle- I push myself to come up with new techniques. My yarns can be smooth and tame all the way to curly and wild.. but whatever style it's ALWAYS workable and sound. You can knit, crochet, weave, felt with EVERYTHING. I very RARELY use superwash fibers, so you can be confident felting with my yarn and fiber. If there is any superwash in the yarn/fiber it will be notated in numerous places in LARGE LETTERS. I also love to use vegan materials for those sensitive to animal fibers.

For all your Jazzturtle info, check out www.jazzturtle.com Here you can find all my workshops, events and festival information, along with news and happenings around the shop and studio.. along with some general fiber, yarn and possibly life musings.

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There's now a RAVELRY group to show off your finished projects with Jazzturtle Creations yarns, ask questions, request special yarns and get store updates with sneek peeks.. come join the fun!!
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/jazzturtle-creates

If you'd like something created that's not currently available (or you see in the "sold" section), please send me a convo. I will try to recreate what you see. Please know that custom orders are done inbetween regular orders, and often require dyepots. Please know custom orders take average 3-4 weeks to complete.

I am honored that some find inspiration in my fiber art and creative yarns. I'm happy to answer any technique questions you may have! Please respect me as an artist and don't copy my work. All images and designs are © 2007-2013

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Payment
I expect payment within 48 hours of purchase. If you are sending a check/money order, please send me a convo to touch base when it's in the mail. If no payment is made, the sale will be canceled, and appropriate feedback will be left.

All purchases made in NC will be charged 7.75% sales tax upon checkout.
Shipping
I ship on Tuesday's and Friday's. International shipping is on Friday's. When a holiday falls on either of those days, things get shipped the next shipping day. If you need something rushed, please convo me and I'll see what I can do.

I ship to the address provided to me by etsy and paypal. Please make sure your addresses match. If this is a gift and you'd like me to send a purchase elsewhere, please convo me so I can make the appropriate changes.

I ship first class within the US, with delivery confirmation. If you'd rather have me ship priority, please send me a note in the message to seller and I'll send you a revised invoice or refund your difference. *Large Orders-more than 2-3 items (depending on your location) your item will automatically ship priority

I ship First Class internationally. International shipping costs have SKYROCKETED (so has domestic.. but international is out of CONTROL!!) Please leave ample time for an international shipping, as those packages usually take at least twice as long. International customers are responsible for any duties or fees associated with your purchase.

I do not include insurance in the shipping price, and unfortunately I cannot be responsible for damage or loss to a package due to the Post office. I recommend insurance on large orders! If you'd like insurance on your package, let me know and I'll send you a revised invoice. If there is an overage in shipping it will be applied to insurance. Any shipping overage over $2 will be refunded to seller.

If your package has gone missing please let me know and I'll do everything I can to track it down. For international shipments, please wait at least 30 days before thinking it's lost. It could be stuck in customs somewhere.. There is no way to track international packages through USPS.
Refunds and Exchanges
If there is something wrong with your item please let me know. I want you to be happy with your yarn or fiber. I do not accept returns due to color monitor variance. I try to describe the colors and textures accurately in the listing. If you have any questions, please convo me.
Additional policies and FAQs
Other Frequently Asked Questions-

Where do you get your fiber?
-It's very important to me that my fiber comes from animal friendly farms that do not kill or eat their animals. I always make sure the animals are well cared for and happy critters. I source from local farms and animal rescue farms). I also LOVE to support other independent artists like myself. For the solid merino top I use in my batts, I use Ashland Bay merino top. It's beautifully dyed and you never have to worry about colors bleeding.

I hand dye all of my fiber using professional light fast and wash fast acid dyes. My dyepots are spontaneous and one of a kind. I dye in small batches that are perfect for mixing and matching.

Do you give lessons?
-YES!! If you are in the North Carolina Triangle/Triad area and would like private lessons send me a convo and we can schedule it! Lessons are $35 and hr, with a 2hr min. We can work on art yarn spinning, carding and anything else you'd like to try!
-I'm also teaching workshops, so watch www.jazzturtle.com for current workshop dates. If you'd like to host a workshop and have me come to you, check out the .com and send me a convo to start the process.

How do you price your fiber and yarns?
-Fiber art is not a quickie task. I try to be very conscious of fair pricing in terms of what's available. Here's my process- I must wash my farmwool, then dye it (add cost of time/electricity/water/soap/dye/citric acid). I use sometimes over a dozen ingredients in a single carded artbatt, and that takes time to gather and prep, as well as to card. I do not have an electric carder- it's all by hand (and shoulder!)
The hand dyed tops I have are blended with the highest micron merino, and the most luxurious blends. I do not buy these combed tops in large bumps- because then I wouldn't be able to offer the variety of blends- so I pay a higher price because I get many different blends in smaller batches.
When I spin yarns, I add to that prep the time it takes gather my palette(add in's and such), prep the fiber, spin the yarn, wind the skein and set the twist.
So add that onto the price I pay for my fiber, plus the expenses I've incurred- and that's how my yarns and batts are priced.
It really takes MUCH more work than it looks!

Do you do custom spinning?
-Yes!! I love doing CUSTOM SPINS!!!!!!
If you'd like some of my fiber spun up, please send me a convo and we'll talk about creating your ultimate yarn!

Have a favorite shirt, scarf, pajamas or some sort of fabric item you can't (or won't) wear anymore but can't give it up? have it re-purposed into yarn! I can core spin it onto cotton crochet thread with additional fiber if you'd like.. and you can work it into an entirely new piece! CONVO me for prices on the CUSTOM FABRIC SPINS!!

If you have any other questions please feel free to convo me!! I check my convo's at least twice a day and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!!

Fiber Hugs
Esther