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Ethically and locally sourced and spun, breed specific, hand dyed yarn. Bringing the fiber industry back to local farmers and mills.
Ethically and locally sourced and spun, breed specific, hand dyed yarn. Bringing the fiber industry back to local farmers and mills.
Ethically and locally sourced and spun, breed specific, hand dyed yarn. Bringing the fiber industry back to local farmers and mills.
195 backers pledged $9,115 to help bring this project to life.

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Spun Fiber Company: Ethical, Sustainable, and Local Yarn

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FINAL STRETCH GOAL: $9,000 - Alright everyone! Just a little under a day left and I'm feeling ambitious enough to establish one last stretch goal! This extra funding would go toward even more local breed specific yarn and extra administrative costs.

STRETCH GOAL: $8,000 - With so much time left I'm thinking of stretch goals! (Who wouldn't?) This extra funding will allow me to upgrade winding and dyeing equipment, purchase crucial office supplies to streamline packaging and shipments, hire the ladies at Stitch Definition to photograph the first collection of patterns, and gather even more local fiber - double the amount I initially intended! This means even more breed specific wool available when we launch!!! 

Ethically sourced, locally spun, breed specific, hand dyed yarn and fiber.

Are you a knitter? A weaver? Do you crochet? Do you know where your fiber comes from? Do you know how the animal your wool was sourced from was raised?

Natural colored wool ready to be dyed
Natural colored wool ready to be dyed

I've been working to build a sustainable fiber company with strong values and a desire to bring the textile industry back to local farmers and fiber mills. Transparency and accountability is what Spun Fiber Co. is all about.

American wool dyed with natural and acid dyes
American wool dyed with natural and acid dyes

Our classic line of yarns available year round will consist of American wool spun in a local fiber mill in Pennsylvania. This yarn will be hand dyed by me in soft, tonal shades in small dye lots comprised of both acid and natural dyes. 

We will also carry various lines of breed specific wool consisting of BFL, Cormo, Jacob, Romeldale, Targhee, Shetland, Gotland, and Merino wool.

"Mallory Mitts" by designer Annie Haas available as part of the Mitt Kit reward!
"Mallory Mitts" by designer Annie Haas available as part of the Mitt Kit reward!

We will source fleeces from local New Jersey sheep farms. The first farm that we have partnered with raises Shetland and Gotland rams and ewes just a short drive from our hometown. I'll prepare the fleece by hand before having it spun at a New England fiber mill. When the cones of yarn have been returned to me, the yarn will be skeined and hand dyed. These fleeces will be sourced without harming the sheep. The yarn produced from them will be very limited (depending on the quantity and quality of the harvest). From these family farmed fleeces, we will offer natural black and grey wool as well as a limited line of hand dyed colors. As Spun Fiber Co. expands, so will the number of available breed specific yarns. 

Sourcing our fleece and having it spun locally significantly lessens the impact of the company's carbon footprint. Spun Fiber Company's yarn goes from sheep to skein with as little interference as possible.

Gotland Sheep
Gotland Sheep

Our yarns will not be superwash treated so as to fully preserve the natural beauty of the original fleece and to honor the sheep on which it was grown. Superwash treatments destroy the scales of the fiber and coat the yarn in plastic using a harsh chemical process. I want to preserve the beauty of each breed of sheep by avoiding superwash treatments.

$25 Reward - Spun Fiber Co. Logo Tote
$25 Reward - Spun Fiber Co. Logo Tote

This is where you come in! We need backers so we can start from the ground up. Everything is set in place, we just need the funds to make an initial purchase of local fleece and to invest in commercial equipment. Here's a basic breakdown of the budget...

  • Yarn, raw fleece, and mill processing - $1500
  • Dye & dyeing supplies - $300
  • Skein winding equipment - $850
  • Packaging & marketing materials & website - $300
  • Payroll - $1125
  • Reward incentives & shipping - $1125
  • Kickstarter and credit card fees - $600

*If I exceed my goal of $5,800, I hope to rent a studio space rather than working out of my small garage. The more money I raise, the more fleece (and variety of fleece!) I will be able to purchase from local, small operation, family-owned farms.

Color options available for reward skeins
Color options available for reward skeins

I will be grateful for any contributions to Spun Fiber Co.! Your support means absolutely everything to me. If you cannot afford to contribute financially, please share my campaign and help spread the word!!

Risks and challenges

From inception to startup, I have been a single employee operation. I have recently become a mother of a beautiful baby boy, so getting my name and work out to the public and fellow fiber-enthusiasts is challenging. Advertising and marketing campaigns will be key to Spun Fiber Company's success.

After working in the fiber arts industry and selling my products online previously, I feel that I have built a network to ensure success and promote my mission effectively.

Another challenge may arise from a poor harvest season. The amount of family farmed wool cannot be precisely predicted until the sheep are sheared and the fleeces have been skirted and washed. Often, fleeces can lose up to half of their weight after a thorough cleaning. Because of this, the locally farmed Gotland and Shetland rewards are very limited so that we may also sell this wool in small quantities when we officially open shop. We will restock as ethical shearing opportunities present themselves.

Although I am just one person running this business, I have a supportive family and wonderful community of friends who would be willing to contribute their time if needed. The responsibilities of procuring supplies, requisitions to mills and farms, winding and dyeing yarn have been and will be accomplished by myself, but my support structure will be there to help if volume increases faster than I can afford.

With the start of any small business, set backs may arise. I am confident in my ability to work well under pressure and fulfill rewards and incentives as scheduled.

Spun Fiber Co. is a brand built on the idea of transparency and accountability. My backers will be the first to know if I experience any initial production delays.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    You'll receive
    - A hand written thank you note
    - A Spun Fiber Co. logo pinback button

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You'll receive
    - A photo of one of the sheep the fiber is sourced from
    - A hand written thank you note
    - A hand sewn lavender sachet to keep your woolens smelling fresh and free of moths.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    You'll receive
    - One 50 gram skein of American wool in your choice of colors on a sport, dk, or worsted weight base.
    - A hand sewn lavender sachet.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You'll receive
    - One 100 gram skein of natural colored Gotland or Shetland wool grown and sheered on a family farm in New Jersey and spun at a local fiber mill.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You'll receive
    - A Spun Fiber Co. tote bag

    Use your tote to carry your groceries, books, or one of your current knitting projects!

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    Mitt Kit!
    - 100g worsted weight skein of local American wool in your choice of colors.
    - A physical and PDF copy of the Mallory Mitts pattern by designer Annie Haas

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    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    You'll receive
    - (2) 50 gram skeins of local wool in your choice of weight (sport, dk, or worsted) and your choice of colors.
    - Kickstarter exclusive Spun Fiber Company tote bag.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Name Your Skein! You will receive one hand sewn lavender sachet, a 50 gram mystery skein (sport, dk, or worsted) and you will get to name the color of the skein you receive!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    The same as the Name Your Skein pledge, but with more yarn!!! One 100 gram skein of a mystery color for you to name and a hand sewn lavender sachet will be yours!

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Secure your slot for a 6 month long Kickstarter exclusive yarn club. Choose to have your club yarn dyed on a 100% American Merino 100g skein in a sport, dk, or worsted base. You will receive one skein per month for six consecutive months to begin in June 2015. Includes US shipping for all 6 months.

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    Sheep to Sweater!
    Receive a sweater quantity (approximately 1400 yards worsted weight) of 100% American Merino in your choice of colors.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    I can only dream that one person would contribute this much towards my project.

    You'll receive a large, customizable, lace shawl, approximately 3 feet across, entirely hand knit by me out of super fine Shetland wool.

    Keep it for yourself or give it to your mom!

    You'll also receive the logo tote, pin back button, and a hand written thank you note.

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Funding period

- (30 days)