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I create fun to spin fuzzy batts in a variety of colors and fibers. When spun they make awesome projects.
I create fun to spin fuzzy batts in a variety of colors and fibers. When spun they make awesome projects.
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Background

I am Allison Bellairs, one of the owners/operators of Bellairs Fiber Farm. I started the farm as Alli's Creations in 2009 when I was 15 years old. I started in the open air market in town. I took Angora rabbit fiber and some handspun yarn. A year went past and I didn't sell very much so in 2010 I asked my mom Sheri if I could start a shop online and she said yes. I opened an Etsy shop and sold a couple things but again not much. In 2011 we talked about changing our name because I am not the only one running the farm. So I went to my Grandma and asked if I may use the name from her old Fiber Farm. She was super excited and I changed the name to Bellairs Fiber Farm. I bought more animals and started spinning more and more. And that brings us up to now. My shop has grown but I need your help to get to the next level.

Best in show lead with fiber. Wearing a handknit llama hat, a hanknit scarf, and a handknit backpack. Leading a llama and carying a bunny in a handmade basket.
Best in show lead with fiber. Wearing a handknit llama hat, a hanknit scarf, and a handknit backpack. Leading a llama and carying a bunny in a handmade basket.

Our Goal

I am looking for funding to purchase a new drum carder. I have a carder now that is manual and very small. I would like the ability to make a bigger fiber batt and more of them in a shorter amount of time. Sheri Bellairs my mom and the other owner/creator, has issues with her hand and can't operate the manual carder because it causes severe pain in her wrist. So she will also be able to make fiber batts with a new electric drum carder.

Handmade drum carder. Made by a small buisness in the USA and all parts are from the USA.
Handmade drum carder. Made by a small buisness in the USA and all parts are from the USA.

Risks and challenges

A challenge I might have to work around is waiting for the drum carder to be built because it is handmade in the USA. This would change my timeline for both batts and yarn.

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    All natural handmade bar of goat milk soap.

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    How-to-Spin-Yarn Set: this set will include a bottom whorl drop spindle, a set of instructions (not written by me) for how to spin with your new spindle, and 2 oz of Romney wool roving to get you started.

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    How-to-Spin-Yarn Set: this set will include a bottom whorl drop spindle, a set of instructions (not written by me) for how to spin with your new spindle, and 2 oz of Romney wool roving to get you started. And you will also receive a handmade bar of soap.

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    Handspun skein of art yarn of at least 3oz in weight made from any combination of wool, alpaca, llama, Angora rabbit, mohair (Angora goat), and sparkles.

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    Hand carded fiber art batt for you to spin of at least 4oz in weight made of any combination of wool, alpaca, llama, Angora rabbit, mohair (Angora goat), and sparkles

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    Half Share FIber CSA 3 months of fiber fun packaged just for you. We will provide you with 3 shipments of 1/2Ib of ready to spin fibers in either rovings or spinning batts (our choice). Rovings and/or batts will possibly contain blended fibers that may include wool, alpaca, angora, and mohair. You will get one shipment each month that will contain at least 8 ounces of fiber. You will get a photo of the animals as well as their story in your first box. The third month you will get a bonus of a tube of wool wax cream (best hand cream around for spinners).

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    Full Share Fiber CSA 6 months of fiber fun packaged just for you. We will provide you with 6 shipments of 1/2Ib of ready to spin fibers in either rovings or spinning batts (our choice). Rovings and/or batts will contain blended fibers that may include wool, alpaca, angora, and mohair. You will get one shipment each month that will contain at least 8 ounces of fiber. You will get a photo of the animals as well as their story in your first box. The sixth month you will get a bonus of a jar of wool wax cream (best hand cream around for spinners).

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    Half Share Yarn CSA 3 months of hand spun yarn made special just for you. Based on anticipated yields we will provide you with 6 skeins of yarn with approximately 104 yards each. Yarns will contain blended fibers that may include wool, alpaca, angora, and mohair. You will get two skeins each month. You will get a photo of the animals as well as their story in your first box. The third month you will also receive a pair of men’s or ladies wool hand knit socks.

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    Full Share Yarn CSA 6 months of hand spun yarn made special just for you. This is an expanded version of the half share. Not only do you get double the amount of yarn but you get more fiber types in your yarn. You receive 12 skeins total. Each skein of yarn is approximately 104 yards. Each month will be much anticipated as you receive your package. Yarns will contain blended fibers that may include wool, alpaca, angora, and mohair. Each shipment will be unique from the others. Your first month you will receive a photo and note from the animals that gave your fiber and your last shipment will contain 2 pair of hand knit wool socks in either men’s or ladies.

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Funding period

- (30 days)