Announcement This is the spot to find Spirit Trail Fiberworks OOAKs, Hand-Dyed Scarves, Limited Editions, Kits and other non-repeating specials! If you place orders here and on our website on the same day, we are happy to combine them and send you a refund for the excess shipping. Just send us and email at info [!at] spirit-trail.net!
This is the spot to find Spirit Trail Fiberworks OOAKs, Hand-Dyed Scarves, Limited Editions, Kits and other non-repeating specials! If you place orders here and on our website on the same day, we are happy to combine them and send you a refund for the excess shipping. Just send us and email at info [!at] spirit-trail.net!
judithjane87 on Jan 27, 2017
I can't tell you how much I love this yarn! I can't wait to get started on my sweater. Shipping was very fast, and the yarn was nicely packed. I also found a couple of little surprises in my box. Thank you for everything!
Yarns & Fibers Are My Canvas
I started Spirit Trail Fiberworks in early 2003 after taking a dye workshop at a local studio. I had been searching for a "new profession" after retiring from my commercial real estate career in Washington, DC, when our son was born. I've been a knitter since I was a teenager, and have always loved the tactile process of creating something functional and wearable. I've also always been very attuned to the power of color, not only to its ability to affect and change one's mood and daily outlook, but also to how differently and individually people experience color and are drawn to some colors more than others.
I've loved art, and color, for as long as I can remember (I've dabbled in ceramics, painting, pen and ink, and calligraphy, and have a minor in Fine Art as well as a BA in English Literature). I grew up surrounded by creativity: My Dad is an architect, and an absolutely fabulous artist, and my Mom is a wonderful seamstress and knitter. My Dad and I spent many fun evenings in art classes at the Smithsonian Institute in DC, and our family regularly visited museums and local artist studios.
Spirit Trail products are dyed in small, artisanal batches at my studio, Blue Ridge Artisans, in Sperryville, VA, at the base of the Shenandoah National Park. Colorways are dyed as “variegated,” “softly variegated” and “tonal solids." I utilize various dye techniques to achieve the results I want, from kettle dyeing, to handpainting, speckling and other techniques.
I have a lot of fun dyeing silk and wool/silk scarves, and love the chance to get really creative with dyes and techniques to create truly special, one-of-a-kind accessories. They are a lightweight, warm, and elegant addition to your wardrobe.
Because of the artistic nature of my dye process, some variation will occur between, and sometimes even within, dyelots. Colors are mixed and applied by hand in an organic and unique process, and may not be created in exactly the same way each time. Each batch is truly unique, and will produce an equally unique garment. For this reason, it is especially important to purchase enough yarn to complete your project, plus a little extra for good measure.
My sincere thanks go to all the knitters, spinners and textile artists and makers who visit my shop, my blog, and my booth at the festivals I attend. This is truly a small, family business and I couldn't be doing what I love without your support!
If you are interested in stocking Spirit Trail Fiberworks in your brick & mortar or online store, I'd love to talk to you! Please email Jennifer at info [!at] spirit-trail.net for our wholesale price list and other information.
I am thrilled to work with designers on their special creations, and would love to hear from you about your design or idea. If you're interested in using a Spirit Trail yarn in a design, please email me at info [!at] spirit-trail.net. If you can include information on your design (Spirit Trail base you're interested in, colorway, how many skeins) that will speed up the process. I am also open to discussing the creation of kits to go with a design, and other ways we can collaborate. I love to collaborate with knitwear designers, and truly believe this is a great way to support each other in this business!
Spirit Trail Fiberworks attends the following festivals each year
The First Full Weekend in May: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. Main Exhibit Building, Booth A30
The Third Weekend in October: New York Sheep & Wool Festival, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, New York, Building A, Booth 3-4
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Items on sale
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
While some of my yarns include superwash merino, I recommend hand washing and laying flat to dry for all yarns. This will minimize pilling and provide the longest life to handmade garments and accessories.
Gift wrapping and packaging
Gift wrapping is available. Please email me for details.