Blackbird Fibers

Brooklyn, New York

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Margarete Oenning

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Margarete Oenning


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About BlackbirdFibers

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On Etsy since 2010

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Proud to be sheepish.

Sheepish - not ashamed or embarrassed, but of, or owned by, sheep.
(see the excellent book "Sheepish" by Catherine Friend)

Hi there. My name is Margarete, and I am a knitter, spinner, weaver and dyer currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. Blackbird Fibers was started many years ago while I was living in Edinburgh, Scotland, as a way to explore and celebrate all the sheepy goodness that country has to offer. I took my little shop with me to England and now back to the USA, where I am originally from.

I love to travel and have been lucky enough to live overseas several times. My experiences of other places, and in Britain particularly, inform my work to a great degree. I am delighted to be able to bring my take on artisan dyeing to Etsy buyers!

All my listings are one-of-a-kind and hand dyed by me using the highest quality wash- and light-fast dyes on the market.

BBF is now on Facebook and Twitter, under username 'Blackbird Fibres.' Ravelers - you can find me on Ravelry as GreenMaggie.

A note: The sheep in my bio picture is a sweet Texel x Ryeland cross ram named Spot who lives on a farm in rural Dorset, UK. I first met Spot in August 2009 when visiting a spinner and dyer friend who owns (or rather, is owned by) Spot, a small flock of his relatives, and a few chickens.

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    Owner, Maker, Artisan Dyer And Chief Everything Officer

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022

Everything I sell is made by me, here in Brooklyn, in my studio/living room. I dye using high quality wash-fast and light-fast dyes in a combination of immersion and painting techniques. All my fibers and yarns are dyed in small lots. Colourways are almost always one-of-a-kind and may not be repeated. If you see something you love, grab it! Even if I have more of the base I may not be able to reproduce that exact listing.

I am proud of my work and stand behind my products should you have any questions or after-purchase queries.


Please note that, due to the natural variation between skeins - even between those coming out of the same dye pot - it is best to alternate skeins every few rows if using multiple skeins in a project.

All yarns and fibres should be washed carefully by hand in cold water with a gentle detergent. I dye carefully and to exhaustion, and rinse several times, but some dye pigments are simply less wash-fast than others. On the off chance there is some dye residue left please do wash colours separately, and please also be aware that dark or intense colours may transfer onto light fabrics.


I take every care to describe and photograph my yarn accurately - but your monitor may show colours different to mine. If in doubt, please contact me.


Thanks for having a look around! If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Returns and exchanges
Refunds can be issued for items returned within 30 days, in sale-able condition (as it was sold to you). Upon receipt of your return, I will send you an email via Etsy letting you know it's here and process the refund asap. Please contact me for a return address. Return shipping is your responsibility.

For items with manufacturing defects, let me know the issue right away - don't send it back unless requested - and I will arrange with you a refund or replacement.

I want you to be happy with your purchase. If you are unhappy with your order please contact me and I'll do everything I can to make it right.
Paypal is my preferred method of payment. 

Please abide by Etsy guidelines and pay within 3 days of purchase, otherwise I will have to cancel the order and re-list the item.
I will ship your order within two business days of payment. If you require rush treatment or delivery options other than those listed, please contact me and I am happy to oblige.

All parcels within the USA are shipped USPS First Class and should reach you within three to seven days.

Buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.

All overseas parcels are shipped within one to two days and should arrive after about a week, but sometimes it can take up to a month - or longer! Please keep in mind that shipping this way does NOT include tracking and insurance. You can of course have your parcel insured, or shipped by priority mail or courier - however, tracking and insurance are considerably more expensive. If you'd like this option, just let me know and I will send you an invoice through PayPal for the extra postage.
Additional policies and FAQs
For allergy sufferers:
All my fibres are stored, dyed and dried in a pet-free, smoke-free environment. I use low-fragrance or no-fragrance detergents to wash the fibre and yarn and I do not use chemical moth-proofing in my home, or lavender sachets. I do use cedar to deter pests but the cedar does not generally come into direct contact with the wool.

I respect your privacy. Your information will only be used by Blackbird Fibres for the purposes of fulfilling your order and will never be passed on to a third party without your explicit consent, nor used for marketing purposes without prior consent (i.e. you won't receive a newsletter unless you sign up for it or correspondence unless directly related to an order, and I won't pass on your data to anyone else unless required to by law).

However: PayPal and Etsy collect your information too, and each has their own privacy policies that you agree to abide by when you purchase through Etsy and PayPal. I encourage you to read them.

Limitation of Liability:
Blackbird Fibers LLC will not be held liable for any loss, expenses, costs or claims as a result of use of this website or use of my products.

The terms and conditions listed here do not affect your statutory rights.