borealfibers

B O R E A L F I B E R S

Duluth, Minnesota | 11 Sales

borealfibers

B O R E A L F I B E R S

Duluth, Minnesota 11 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars (5)

Announcement    Boreal Fibers is moving away from etsy, mostly because I sell more in person than I do via this platform. However, you can still get your hands on yummy yarns and handknits! I have more hand dyed yarn than what is currently listed on here. If you are interested in seeing what else I have or what art fair/market you can find me next, shoot me a message! I'm also happy to do custom orders if I don't have what you're looking for yet. I'm happy to work with you to find you what you are looking for! Thanks much!

-Molly

PS you can always find some of my recent yarns and handknits on instagram @borealfibers!
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Welcome! At Boreal Fibers you will find warm wooly knits + natural, botanical-dyed yarns. I hand-craft everything in the shop here in the northwoods on the shores of Lake Superior.

Yarn is for touching!! Contact us for FREE samples of any yarn listed on the site!

We are committed to sustainable practices to lower our impact on the world. This includes minimizing water use where possible, using only non-toxic mordants, harvesting dyes in a sustainable manner, only utilizing plants that are plentiful in nature for dyeing, sourcing our yarn as locally as possible (currently that means within the U.S.), sourcing sustainably-harvested natural dyes as locally as possible ( however most dyes that we purchase rather than forage ourselves are only produced in certain regions of the globe), and using every last drop of dye. If you have any questions about the dying process or our practices, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 6, 2018

Boreal Fibers is moving away from etsy, mostly because I sell more in person than I do via this platform. However, you can still get your hands on yummy yarns and handknits! I have more hand dyed yarn than what is currently listed on here. If you are interested in seeing what else I have or what art fair/market you can find me next, shoot me a message! I'm also happy to do custom orders if I don't have what you're looking for yet. I'm happy to work with you to find you what you are looking for! Thanks much!

-Molly

PS you can always find some of my recent yarns and handknits on instagram @borealfibers!
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Welcome! At Boreal Fibers you will find warm wooly knits + natural, botanical-dyed yarns. I hand-craft everything in the shop here in the northwoods on the shores of Lake Superior.

Yarn is for touching!! Contact us for FREE samples of any yarn listed on the site!

We are committed to sustainable practices to lower our impact on the world. This includes minimizing water use where possible, using only non-toxic mordants, harvesting dyes in a sustainable manner, only utilizing plants that are plentiful in nature for dyeing, sourcing our yarn as locally as possible (currently that means within the U.S.), sourcing sustainably-harvested natural dyes as locally as possible ( however most dyes that we purchase rather than forage ourselves are only produced in certain regions of the globe), and using every last drop of dye. If you have any questions about the dying process or our practices, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Molly Wick

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Boreal Fibers: What We Do

At Boreal Fibers, any day, any season, we take inspiration from the natural world and instill it in our craft, both figuratively and practically. In the spring, summer, and autumn, we forage and collect dyestuff from the forests and fields of the north. We sustainably harvest plants that are plentiful in nature. Better yet, we often use nuisance species, like tansy and lupine, which aren’t meant to be here in the first place as dyestuff. We are moving towards using only locally foraged dyestuff, but if we do use natural dyestuff that cannot be found locally, we find sustainable, organic sources (e.g. logwood, cutch, cochineal). We strive to recreate the colors of nature the same way our ancestors have done for generations.

Boreal Fibers believes in doing things the right way. This means we source our yarn from sustainable producers within the United States. We are striving to source our yarn right here in the midwest in the future. By supporting American and midwest companies, we put your money back into our own local economy, and we minimize our carbon footprint. We use clean, clear blue Lake Superior water to dye yarn, and we only use nontoxic mordants (the chemical that fixes dyes to the yarn) that do not produce harmful wastewater. We utilize low-temperature dye techniques when possible to minimize energy use.

Lastly, we take our handdyed yarn and use knitting techniques that have been passed on to me from generations before, to create handknits with innovative, modern designs and color pairings inspired by the natural world.

Feel free to contact me with questions about our process or products!

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  • Molly Wick

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    In my day job, I study rivers and lakes. Dying with natural plants brings together many themes that are very interesting and important to me - fiber arts, color, sustainability, natural history, biology, chemistry, the list goes on!

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