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Hi, I'm Jinny McKenzie,
owner of MIRLA Fiber Arts.
I started MIRLA Fiber Arts about two years ago as a way to fund my own growing fiber obsession, and I had lots of fun doing it up until June of this year, when I was diagnosed with Stage II Colon Cancer. It was very scary. But, surgery was successful and after a month long recovery I started feeling better. Unfortunately the medical expenses and lost wages left us in a bit of a pickle. So I turned to the fiber community for help. I made batts and dyed tops, I rolled rolags and dyed silks. And I was overwhelmed at the generosity and kindness I received from the fiber community. Many bought my fibers, some even donating a little extra just to help me out.
I was truly humbled. And I began to see the potential of turning my passion for fiber into a successful business, something I had always dreamed of.
That is why I am here, on Kickstarter, asking for your help.
There are a few components to my planned expansion of MIRLA Fiber Arts. First, I want to increase output by investing in bulk inventory of fiber and yarn, as well as the acquisition of more suitable dye pots, large quantities of dye powders and chemicals, and other dyeing and felting tools. Secondly, if funding exceeds my goal, I would love to procure an outside studio space- small but functional- where I can go to focus on my work without the regular, albeit adorable, interruptions of my children.
Eventually I would like to move away from Etsy onto my own website, and maybe one day into an actual storefront. For now, I'd be beyond thankful for your help in achieving the first step, and maybe second should funding allow.
In exchange for your generosity I have put together some amazing incentives at a variety of giving levels. I hope you find one of my incentives enticing enough to contribute.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration and for checking out my kickstarter.
On-the-Go project bags are 100% hand made. I first dye silk hankies. Then I create felt fabric with the silk color of your choice, undyed merino wool, and sparkle if desired; the fabric is made by hand using wet felting techniques. The fabric is then cut and quilted onto a cotton muslin lining. Once the pieces are quilted they are pieced together and the bag is complete. These are fun, fun, fun!!! Get one for yourself or a fiber fiend you love so you (or they) can carry fiber everywhere, all the time! Is there anything better?
These tops are a dream to spin. Shown here on merino, with the exception of "Melancholy" shown on merino/tencel, and "Pugilist" shown on merino/bamboo. All these color options are available on all four fiber bases (merino, bfl, merino/tencel, merino/bamboo) and all yarn weights (sock/fingering, dk, worsted, bulky, thick and thin. Monochromatic variegated color options are not limited to those shown, any single color can be selected and will be dyed for a variegated result on the fiber or yarn of your choosing.
The colors shown here, as above, are available on all fiber and yarn options. Monochromatic variegated color options are not limited to those shown, any single color can be selected and will be dyed for a variegated result on the fiber or yarn of your choosing. All shown here on sock yarn.
Making art batts is one of my favorite creative endeavors. Spinning them is a close second. Here are some examples of art batts I have made.
These bracelets are a blast to knit up and have finally given me a way to use up the bits of yarn I have after completing projects. All made from hand spun yarn these are knit over a sold core to avoid stretching and ensure they will last.
Gradient batts are an amazing way to show off your favorite color. Spin or felt these up and make something spectacular, for yourself or a loved one!
Silk hankies are truly a versatile fiber. Spin, felt, or knit right from the hankie. These are fun and their uses only limited by your own imagination!
Risks and challenges
The risks associated with this project include the potential for delays in getting supplies needed to fulfill incentive packages. I believe that having several different suppliers will aid in avoiding this particular potential obstacle. Furthermore, should demand exceed my expectations, there is the risk that I will not be able to complete the project bags on my own within the time frame I have set. I have procured a back up seamstress who is on the ready to assist should I need her services in an effort to avoid those potential delays.
I have also allowed for a great deal more time than I anticipate needing to complete the projects to allow for any delays in procuring materials and tools.
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