TheGingkoLeaf

Handspun yarn in all colors of the rainbow

Hackettstown, New Jersey · 5543 Sales

TheGingkoLeaf

Handspun yarn in all colors of the rainbow

Hackettstown, New Jersey 5543 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(3073)

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Karla

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5 out of 5 stars
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D Dodge

D Dodge on Aug 13, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

EXCELLENT wool roving, EXCELLENT service, FAST shipping!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I will be ordering again!

Angela Porter

Angela Porter on Aug 13, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Karla always creates the most beautiful yarns. I have been purchasing from her for several years and have always been extremely pleased!

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Updates

Spun up a new pink to cream ombré yarn and couldn't resist knitting up a baby blanket. Two skeins available in my shop.
The lovely Miss Goat, the sweetest and funniest of our farm's little herd, checks out a basket of yarn.
Spinning up turquoise yarn from a basket of sparkly fibers
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About

My mission statement: to explore new ideas! To seek out new color ways, new yarn structures and to boldly go where no spinner or dyer has gone before.

I am passionate about color! Although I have worked with fiber since I was a child, weaving, knitting, dyeing, I was trained as a sculptor and painter. I try to bring an artist's perspective to the yarns I create. I am also a farmer and I draw much of my inspiration from the beauty of my natural surroundings. My grandparents bought our farm in 1941. Although most of us have wandered around the world, visiting and living here and there, three generations of our family live on the family farm now. My fiber studio is in our antique barn with hand hewn beams, rich with character and a lot of family history. I often harvest plants from the woods and meadows such as yarrow, tree flute, beech and bracken fern to make luminous rich dyes for yarn. Plant fibers such as milkweed silk have offered opportunity to spin unusual and beautiful yarns. I carefully hand shear our animals yearly for their beautiful fleeces. My work with fibers begins with care for the land and the animals that live here.

You can see my yarn in Simply Handmade magazine as well as issue 4 of Knitsy magazine

" And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home." Wendell Berry

Shop members

  • Karla

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I'm a teacher, a hand spinner and a farmer.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 1, 2017
Thank you for visiting my Etsy shop!

I believe in buying local as much as possible to support the community in which I live. I'm currently spinning alpaca from an Amish family that lives just over the Pennsylvania border from me. My llama wool comes from my own llama, Truffles, a lovely and elegant llama who watches over my herd of goats. Many of the locks in my lockspun yarns are from Melissa, my Angora goat. Silk... well, I haven't persuaded any of my farmer friends to start silkworm farming yet, but maybe someday.

I use professional quality acid dyes tested for color fastness and light fastness. I especially love the vibrancy and quality of Cushing's Perfection dyes. I have a little rug I wove twenty-five years ago from yarn I dyed with Cushing's dyes. It has had a lot of hard use and washing over the years and the colors are still going strong.

Etsy asks that we fully disclose any other Etsy accounts. I have another Etsy shop called The Gingko Tree that I hope to someday open as a supply shop for hand painted wool rovings for spinners and felt makers.

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
I accept Paypal, Etsy gift cards and credit cards. A check is fine, too. Let me know if you would rather pay by check so I know to look for it in the mail.
Shipping
Postage is calculated for the weight of the yarn plus the packaging. I'm usually fairly accurate at estimating postage but if I inadvertently overcharge, I refund the extra. Shipping includes delivery confirmation.

On international orders, I am thorough when filling out customs forms and careful to include the exact weights and dollar amounts to get your yarns through customs as quickly as possible.

Item prices and postage charges do not include import duties or taxes. These are the buyers responsibility. Import duties and fees can vary greatly depending on your country. For example, if you live in the UK, the Royal Mail assesses an £8 handling fee as well as 20% VAT on orders over £15. My UK customers may find this link to the Royal Mail useful for clarifying the UK customs and VAT process: www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/Ive-received-a-card-asking-for-a-payment
Refunds and Exchanges
My yarn is unconditionally guaranteed, both for quality and to arrive safely in your hands. It's important to me that you are happy with your yarn. If for any reason you aren't happy with it, let me know so I can make it right. If you want to return or exchange a yarn, I ask that you let me know within a week of receiving the yarn. The buyer is responsible for all return shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
I love to do custom orders! Some of my favorite yarns came from colorways that people requested. I usually have a one to two week turn around time for custom orders, sometimes longer for a very large order. If you would like a custom yarn, send me a convo and let me know.

If you would like a large quantity of yarn and need each skein to match, you will need to order that quantity all at the same time so it can all be dyed at the same time to match. I offer a 15% discount on orders of 200 yards or more of the same colorway.

There is no prepayment or obligation to purchase a custom order. When a custom yarn is completed, I post it as a reserved listing in my Etsy shop. That gives you a chance to look at it and make sure it's exactly what you had in mind before you purchase it. If it isn't what you had in mind, let me know. I will release the yarn for general sale and, time permitting, I will dye and spin it a second time to see if I can get closer to what you envision. Although I do not ask payment up front for a custom order, please help me keep my shop from being full of custom orders by purchasing your yarn within three days of viewing the completed order.