About this project
Your support has been overwhelming and with over a week left to go, I have almost met my goal! Time to start thinking about stretch goals; if I reach $2,500 I will be able to purchase a skein winder. A skein winder will not only save the wear and tear on my hands and arms, but increase productivity drastically. Currently I use a niddy noddy to re-skein my yarn, a 15-20 minute process per skein, a skein winder will make this a 3-5 minute process. If I reach $2,700 I will be able to purchase shipping and packaging supplies. If I reach $3,200 I will be able to purchase enough extra yarn to stock an additional yarn shop. Anything over $3,200 will be used to purchase more yarn and dyes so I can offer a greater variety of fibers and colors.
Hi. I'm Leah, and I have the total hots for yarn and all things yarny! Being an artist, I also love color. I figured, what is better than to mix the two, yarn and color, and come up with my own colorways? A while back, that is just what I did, and SUCCESS: beautiful, luxurious yarns were born! I sold this yarn in my Etsy shop, a weekly outdoor market, and a weekly flea market and various craft shows. I have posted my yarn all the way to Italy and the UK. My hand-painted yarn is a hit and receives so many great compliments. A lovely lady at the local knitting shop compare my sock yarn to Madeline Tosh yarn! Alas, my experimental batch of painted yarn is almost gone and my yarn-loving customers have grown sad because of this.
A little more about me: I am the creative force of two Etsy shops, Creating with Sticks and Pear Tree Papers; a stay-at-home mom to a wonderful daughter and two interesting dogs; a wife to a great husband who shares my interest in cooking and drinking good coffee. I have loved art and color for as long as I can remember. I do all things crafty, from knitting and crocheting, to painting and sewing, to stamping and paper crafting; you name it, and I do it. Before dedicating my time to my family and creating out of my home, I was a retail manager with a major corporation, and this experience has helped me succeed through my Etsy shops, markets and craft shows.
About three years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and could no longer work outside the home. Devastated, I picked up my knitting needles, something I hadn't done in a while. I started with regular acrylic yarn you find at any craft store and began to knit. Eventually, I picked up a ball of wool and noticed a difference in how it knit. I liked it, it was much easier, and it felt much nicer. Then I went crazy, having gone to my local yarn shop and buying nice wool, I was in heaven, and I haven't looked back. I quickly began learning about different fibers and what was available beyond craft store yarn. Before long, I wanted to take part in the fine yarn scene and offer my own colorways to my customers who are located across the globe.
I love the smell of the wet wool, waiting for me to carefully apply its color, I love to watch the color soak into the wool; and finally then squeeze the dye through the wool with my hands to evenly distribute the color; I love the entire process. I finish by steaming the yarn, and then rinsing it out to see what colors I created, and see my work of art. I think the best part, though, is re-skeining my hand-painted yarn after it has dried, when I really get a feel for what the yarn is going to look like.
I plan to offer fingering/sock-weight, worsted-weight and thick and thin yarns. I hope to add a sport-weight yarn in the future. Colorways will change seasonally, and I will offer a Yarn-of-the-Month Club and Mini-Skein Sets to my customers.
I want to share my love of color and wool with the world and you can help make that possible! When you become a backer, I am one step closer to my dream of becoming an international small lot yarn dyer and bringing my fine, hand-painted yarns to the hands of fiber artists everywhere. Thank you for your support and for supporting the handmade community!
Where do you and Kickstarter come in? Right about now! I will use the funds from Kickstarter to purchase a large stock of base yarns that I will use to cover my initial start up stock and the Kickstarter rewards. I will also use the funds to purchase the dye and the other supplies needed for dyeing, such as gloves, brushes and pipettes. Funds raised over my goal will be used to purchase additional supplies, shipping items and possibly a skein winder. Your funds will not only help purchase necessary supplies, but help make the world a more beautiful, colorful, happier place. How? Simple math, yarn=happiness. The more yarn I can produce, the more hands have yarn, the more smiles appear. I don't think that I have ever met a person who didn't smile when they squished a skein of yarn in their hands, completed a beautiful sweater or received a handmade hat as a gift. With yarn, everybody wins!
Risks and challenges
I already have a resellers permit and a wholesale account open with a yarn distributor. A risk would be if the yarn distributor were unable to deliver the product on time, delaying my production dates, and therefore delaying my rewards schedule. I have allowed extra time in my production schedule for such incidents.
A challenge may be a bad batch of dyed yarn that may need to be dyed again, and this may delay production time.
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