faroeviking

Handspun yarn, handwoven blankets

Ottawa, Canada · 268 Sales

faroeviking

Handspun yarn, handwoven blankets

Ottawa, Canada 268 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Heidi

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Announcement   Welcome to my shop - I love colours and textures in my hand dyed, hand spun yarns and woven items. Check out my BLOG: http://faroeviking.blogspot.ca/

Announcement

Welcome to my shop - I love colours and textures in my hand dyed, hand spun yarns and woven items. Check out my BLOG: http://faroeviking.blogspot.ca/

Heidi

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Heidi

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Jenn McMillan

Jenn McMillan on Sep 15, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Love my yarn - fabulous quality, bright vibrant colours and great service! Thanks again!

Jenn McMillan

Jenn McMillan on Sep 15, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Love my yarn - fabulous quality, bright vibrant colours and great service! Thanks again!

Myself

Myself on Jun 9, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

*AMAZING* Handspun "Caribbean Reflections" Coiled Art Yarn - Packaged Well & VERY Fast To Ship - Thank You!! :o)

Michelle Radin

Michelle Radin on Apr 13, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Great yarn! Can's wait to use it! Thanks for winding it for me!

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About

Spinning to Create

The first time I held handspun yarn was when I really got it: Ah ha! THIS is what the fuss is all about. This is YARN. Everything about it -- the look, the feel, the fact that someone chose each colour, each strand of wool, put them all together in her own way, and created this beautiful thing for me to use to create something else -- all this meant creativity for me at the most fundamental level. And I knew, as I began to use more and more handspun yarn, that I wanted to play too. I wanted to create yarn that would go out in the world and be transformed in the hands of others.

Pretty soon I took a spindle-spinning course at the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild and was delighted to discover that I absolutely and positively loved it. A few spindles later my husband noticed a second-hand spinning wheel for sale and gave it to me for my birthday and I haven't stopped since.

After a couple more courses, lots of books, and through the generosity of the many fibre artists who share their craft through online tutorials, I learned more about spinning, dyeing, carding, combing, and washing fibre. I have found that I love every step of the process from buying the fleece raw from farmers straight through to gazing upon the finished skeins of yarn as they hang drying on the rack.

I love strong, bold colours, and I love the effect of mixing different varieties of wool together in a single yarn. Every kind of sheep seems to have its own voice and character speaking through its wool, with different textures, softnesses, lustres, and strengths, and I really enjoy watching them combine into something new.

For me, spinning is how I relax. The rhythm of the wheel, the rhythm of my hands working with the wool, the movement of the combs, the turning of the handcarder -- all these add to a peace of mind I find I arrive at through the process of creating. The anticipation along every step of the way -- how will this fleece look when it's clean, when it's dyed, when it's combed, when it's spun, when it's washed and dried -- adds an element of joy and satisfaction I don't get anywhere else. I love to spin and I always look forward to my next project.

My shop name was my original Etsy username - once upon a time, they had to be the same and were unchangeable. It's a reference to the Faroe Islands where my grandparents were originally from, descendants of the Vikings who originally settled there centuries ago. The Faroes have unique sheep that are the basis of an important wool industry, not to mention culinary traditions.

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  • Heidi

    Owner, Grand Poobah

    As a little girl, I loved doing fibre crafts and needle work. I grew up knitting and sewing, eventually began weaving and then spinning and felting. I love colour and I love to create colourful things. When I have time, I write!

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Last updated on September 28, 2013
The first time I worked with handspun wool, felt it running through my hands and realized I was knitting with a work of art, I knew yarn would never be the same for me again. Ditto with hand-dyed fibres, mixing them myself in the pot or on handcards.

I've started a new blog talking about my spinning experiments and other things: http://faroeviking.blogspot.ca/

Ah, the heady freedom when limits are gone – I love it when colours work together, and I love it when they strike out on their own – Pow.

I do most of my own dyeing in my home using professional dyes, although I happily avail myself of the expertise and creativity of fellow artists from etsy and abroad. I may also use commercially-prepared yarns as desire and fancy dictate. Creating more of a similar line is always an option.

If I'm using fleeces or mixing fibres, I do so using a pair of handcombs or a Louet drumcarder or, very occasionally these days, some hand carders, usually while watching or listening to mysteries.

I spin on a beautiful second-hand Ashford traditional wheel, and weave on my grandmother's Nilus Leclerc loom. So my equipment is ancient and well-loved – a goal I look forward to achieving myself someday.

I live in a smoke-free, environmentally-friendly house with three short-haired cats who largely stay away from my work.

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Please ensure your contact information is correct.

I ship within two business days of receiving payment, and thus far always within one business day. Skeins are mailed in heavy ziplock bags with the air squeezed out (they will refluff when you unpack them) to cut down on shipping costs and to protect them from moisture en route. Those ziplock bags are then enclosed in a poly-mailer.

YARN: ships via Canada Post air mail.

TO THE US:
1-2 Skeins - Shipping does not include tracking or insurance for orders of 1-2 skeins of yarn. If you would like these services, PURCHASE TRACKING HERE: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/faroeviking?section_id=14023923.

3 or more skeins - Tracking and insurance are included in combined shipping cost of orders for three or more skeins.

WITHIN CANADA:
1 Skein - Shipping does not include tracking or insurance for a single skein of yarn. If you would like these services, PURCHASE TRACKING HERE: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/faroeviking?section_id=14023923.

2 or more skeins - Tracking and insurance are included in combined shipping cost of orders for two or more skeins.

INTERNATIONAL:
Shipping does not include tracking or insurance. If you would like these services, please contact me and I will adjust shipping costs. Be forewarned, however, that they are shockingly expensive.

Please note that shipping times are estimated at 6-13 days, not including the day of mailing, weekends, or statutory holidays, but it's not unusual for it to take 21 days. One memorable occasion, it took seven weeks (sheesh!) but surely fate would never be so unkind as to visit such an inconvenience on anyone ever again . . . Only one of my parcels has ever gone lost in the mail.

If you have special shipping needs, let me know and we'll talk.

HANDWOVEN items ship in Canada and the US with tracking and insurance. International orders do not have tracking or insurance included in the shipping costs. If you wish to have these services, please contact me and I'll adjust the shipping for you. Listings include general estimates for these services.

I use the most economical shipping methods I can. If the shipping costs are a dollar or more less than what I've charged, I will refund the difference.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase from Faroe Viking! If for any reason you're not, please convo me right away and I'll try to work something out. Please contact me before leaving negative feedback.

I am happy to supply refunds for purchases minus shipping costs within ten days of purchase, unless it's all my fault and then I'll pay shipping too. Please contact me before returning any items. They must be undamaged and unused.

It's hard for me to be responsible for what happens to shipments once they are put in the mail, especially if you do not request insurance; however, if something goes missing PLEASE convo me. Please note Canada Post estimates shipping to Canadian and US destinations to take 6-13 business days (see Shipping Policy, above), but 21 days is not unusual.

If something is damaged en route, please convo me as well and we'll try to work something out. I'm an Etsy buyer as well as an Etsy seller, and while I do realize there are some risks involved in distance buying/selling, it is a two-sided transaction and I believe in trying to work things out!
Additional policies and FAQs
Washing instructions - I suggest washing all items in tepid water, gently squeezing excess water out into a towel, and laying flat to dry. Yarns made completely of plant fibres wash well in a little pH-balanced shampoo.

I wash my yarns carefully, but sometimes they may bleed a little the first few times they're washed.

I work with a lot of raw fibres, and although I spend a lot of time removing vm (vegetable matter like bits of dried grass, etc.) sometimes you may find a bit. I do apologize, but encourage you to consider it a sign of authenticity!

CUSTOM ORDERS: I am happy to do custom orders but they must be paid for up front, at least in part.

As with all Internet purchases, it's hard to control for monitor colour differences. I've tried to post pics as true to life as I can, but please keep in mind your computer monitor may be showing the colours differently than they really are.

I dye most of my own fibres. If you would like a larger quantity than what you see for sale, or have ideas of something else you'd like, please convo me. Dye lots may vary.