FencerowFibers

hand-dyed yarn, spinning fiber, & other hand-stitchery

White Plains, Kentucky · 19 Sales

FencerowFibers

hand-dyed yarn, spinning fiber, & other hand-stitchery

White Plains, Kentucky 19 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Announcement   Hello and welcome to Fencerow Fibers! If you find a colorway you like and want more skeins or braids than you see listed, just message me. I'm totally open to custom orders of larger quantities. :) Happy yarning, friends!

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Last updated on May 28, 2017

Hello and welcome to Fencerow Fibers! If you find a colorway you like and want more skeins or braids than you see listed, just message me. I'm totally open to custom orders of larger quantities. :) Happy yarning, friends!

Cassidy Thompson

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Ellie B.

Ellie B. on May 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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Really pretty fiber! Can't wait to spin it up. Thank you!

WintreRose

WintreRose on May 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
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The yarn arrived quickly as pictured and described. It's very pretty and soft. I look forward to using it. Thanks again! And thanks for the tip about which end to start with in the note.

jblanchard14

jblanchard14 on May 24, 2017

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Gorgeous yarn, just like the photo, and so soft! Now to find a worthy project...

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About

hand-dyed yarn & spinning fiber inspired by the flora & fauna of Kentucky's fencerows

Fencerow Fibers began in 2013 when my soap-making friend, Kim, asked me if I'd like to share a booth with her at Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair to sell some of the merino top I had been dyeing for fun. I had been tinkering with the idea of colorways inspired by the lush and bustling fencerows surrounding my homeplace in western Kentucky: red-winged blackbird, honeysuckle, bluebird, tiger lily, mockingbird, wild blackberry, robin redbreast. So I said yes! In the space of a few short weeks, I became an independent dyer of spinning fiber.

And then life happened.

You know: career changes, mortgages, graduate degrees. That whole thing got in the way—for almost four years. Then, as 2016 turbulently drew to a close and 2017 started off with a dark and low-hanging cloud threatening to swallow up my spirit entirely, I turned back to the colorful world of dyeing.

Oh, what joy!

As cheesy as it sounds, reconnecting with color has lifted that cloud, and I am beginning to feel as lively as those lush and bustling fencerows again.

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I have been a self-taught yarner since 2005. My fiber obsession began with knitting, the gateway drug. It took seven years for me to become a spinner after that, but only about a week for me to become a dyer after I bought my first spinning wheel in Asheville, North Carolina.

Spinning for me is all about color, and I dye mostly in long gradient colorways to give the spinner maximum liberty to play with the color palette I provide. One gradient braid can be spun into a multitude of different yarns: ombré, striped, variegated—oh, my!

Most of my colorways are still fencerow-inspired schemes, but I am willing to let myself branch out and play. For example, the Rainbow Connection Collection is a celebration of hope in color, which I was able to find in the spring of 2017, to mark the long-overdue grand opening of this Etsy shop. And as far as my theme goes, of course, any rainbow seen in my neck of the woods probably begins—and ends—with a fence on the horizon!

This time around, I'm dyeing yarn, too. My unique "coiled skeins" are long, tubular yarn blanks that I machine-knit myself and hand-paint from end to end. As is the case with traditional sock blanks, you can knit or crochet directly from the loosened end of the blank, or you can wind them into a ball—no swift required!

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My day job is teaching high school Spanish, and I have an MFA in creative nonfiction. I am chronicling my growth in fiber and life on my blog at araisininthespun.wordpress.com, and for now, you can find me as @raisininthespun on Instagram, Twitter, and Ravelry.

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