About this project
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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