Toni Swedberg on Oct 27, 2016
More lovely in person and so very soft!
crsawaisnow on Oct 26, 2016
Very pleased with this beautiful yarn!
WhiteThorneTree on Oct 22, 2016
Beautiful color, beautiful weight, just perfect!
WhiteThorneTree on Oct 22, 2016
Love, love, love this yarn! Gorgeous fall colorway, gorgeous locks!
Aspiring sculptor finds drop spindle in her Granny's attic...
I learned to spin yarn on a drop spindle at my Granny's weaving guild when I was a little girl. Many years, two children and a lot of living later, I found my Granny's drop spindle in her attic. I picked it up, remembering her clever hands that could make anything. I was a busy young mother in the middle of regenerating our family farm with very little free time, yet something about her drop spindle resonated with me. I put it in my pocket and began to carry it around with me. I spun yarn in the oddest places: dentist's waiting rooms, camping trips, family dinners. I spun yarn for joy and I spun yarn to center myself in the middle of the whirl of my busy days. I started my Etsy shop with the yarns I spun on my Granny's drop spindle.
I live in the rural countryside of Northwestern New Jersey and 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.
If you would like to find out more about my shearing process with Truffles, my llama and herd guardian, Melody of Melody's Makings featured Truffles' getting a haircut last summer in her fun and fiber-y blog: http://melodys-makings.com/from-fur-to-fiber Melody also wrote about my solar dye process: http://melodys-makings.com/about-how-to-dye-yarn/
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
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
I'm a teacher, a hand spinner and a farmer.
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.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I ship US Postal Service First Class Mail or Priority Mail, whichever is most cost effective for you. Shipping includes delivery confirmation. If payment is by check or echeck, I will ship as soon as the check clears.
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
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in having me reproduce a yarn I have previously spun, please be aware that each skein of hand dyed yarn is unique. I am unable to precisely match colors to a previously spun yarn. However, every effort will be made to come as close as possible. 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.
Each spinner and dyer has a unique way of creating colorways and yarns, often so distinctive that a glance at a photograph of yarn can identify the spinner or dyer who created it. I love seeing the many beautiful yarns offered here on Etsy by our talented community of handspinners. I respect the time and creativity that each spinner puts into developing his or her unique sense of color and design. Although I am happy to be inspired by someone else's colorway, I do not duplicate other spinners' handmade yarns.
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 purchase your yarn within three days of viewing the completed order.