Bookish hand-dyed yarn

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania On Etsy since 2018


Bookish hand-dyed yarn

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 370 Sales

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Last updated on Aug 9, 2020

Ex Libris Fibers has moved to https://www.exlibrisfibers.com!


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    About ExLibrisFibers

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    On Etsy since 2018

    Bookish hand dyed yarn

    Ex Libris is a Latin phrase often found on bookplates, and translates to “From the Library.” Ex Libris Fibers hand dyed yarns are bookish, moody, atmospheric, sometimes quirky, and commonly vintage-reminiscent.

    With a background rooted in art and design, dyer Rita finds color inspiration in not only the stories, underrepresented ladies, and histories that fill library shelves, but more often the aesthetics of rare books, archives, aging libraries; and the ability of color and texture as a medium to share knowledge and tell stories. A crocheter since 2007, knitter since 2014, and dyer since 2017, Rita aims to create yarn that is subtle in its color variations no matter your craft, and meticulously mixes colors to achieve one-of-a-kind tones.

    Each fiber base is judged on its ability to work up as luxuriously and affordably as possible so that you'll enjoy every moment of your needlework and own a finished object with lasting comfort and strength.

    In never-ending efforts to minimize ecological impact, yarn is dyed in a home studio on a small scale, using sustainable practices including water conservation and air drying during warmer weather, energy efficient spin drying during cooler weather, and finally each skein is twisted and hand labeled. All wool is sourced from mulesing-free suppliers. Orders are transported to the post office by bicycle (safely tucked into waterproofed side bags) and packaged in recycled and recyclable materials.

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    • Rita

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      By day Rita is a knitting biking librarian, and by nights + weekends she’s dreaming up strange bookish yarn for you. In past lives she has been a crocheter, bookstore gnome, startup do-it-all-er, and graphic designer.

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    Frequently asked questions
    Shipping for Dyed to Order and Ready to Ship

    Orders containing both Dyed to Order and Ready to Ship skeins will ship in 2-3 weeks to accommodate the time necessary to create your skeins.

    Any Ready to Ship skeins needed earlier than this timeframe must be placed as a separate order to ensure 1-3 day shipping on those skeins.

    Care instructions

    For best results, hand wash separately in cool water, and lay flat to dry.

    I live in Pittsburgh. Can I pick up my yarn?

    Yes! Use PGHPORCH at checkout and I'll reach out to let you know when and where your yarn can be retrieved :)

    Custom and personalized orders

    Custom order availability depends on seasonal workload - please message me with any questions.

    There are multiple skeins in the listing photo. How many will I receive?

    If you require multiple skeins for a project, please use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate number of skeins for your project before purchasing. Multiple skeins are photographed together to give you a broad impression of each varied dyebath or "dye lot."

    You will receive as many skeins as you select and purchase from the dropdown menu, which reflects real-time inventory. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any concerns about dye variations or quantities available.