About this project
Welcome to the Twist Fiber Studio Kickstarter campaign! I'm so glad you stopped by! My name is Ashley Eskew and I am the founder and dyer behind Twist Fiber Studio. I've developed a passion for dyeing and all things fiber over the recent years, and have decided to take the leap and turn my passion into a business.
I am a full-time college student and am participating in a program at my college called the Student Business Incubator. The program offers business coaching, counseling, access to resources (like accountants and attorneys), and even funding to help get my business off the ground. Over the past few months, I have been developing a business plan and working with wholesale suppliers to establish my product line and pricing. I am ready to move forward and launch Twist Fiber Studio's yarns and fibers, but I need your help! Many of my wholesale suppliers have large minimum order quantities that I presently am not able to meet.
The proceeds from my initial $5,000 goal will be used to fulfill rewards and make a small initial yarn and fiber order with my suppliers.
If I reach $7,500 in funding, the additional funds raised will be used to fulfill additional rewards and to expand the yarn and fiber bases I'll be able to offer.
If I reach $10,000 in funding, the additional funds raised will be used to fulfill additional rewards and expand my dyeing capacity. I'll be able to purchase additional dyeing and skeining equipment, which will make dyeing in my studio much more efficient.
Perfect Pair Project Bag Sets
I'm pleased to launch Twist Fiber Studio's Perfect Pair project bag sets through my Kickstarter campaign. I'll be offering 10 unique sets, with only 10 sets available of each. These limited-edition colorways will never be repeated and are exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign. When you select one of the Perfect Pair project bag sets, you'll have two options:
1 - The Everyday project bag paired with yarn - OR - spinning fiber ($60 reward).
2 - The Everyday project bag paired with yarn - AND - spinning fiber ($80 reward). You may also choose to receive 2 skeins of matching yarn or 2 braids of matching fiber for this reward.
With every Perfect Pair project bag set, you'll have yarn and fiber options available, which you'll select in a survey that will be sent out shortly after the Kickstarter campaign is successfully funded.
Twist Fiber Studio Fairview Sock Yarn - A luxurious blend of 75% superwash Merino wool and 25% nylon - 463 yards / 100 grams, 4-ply
Twist Fiber Studio Asheland Sport Yarn - A scrumptiously soft 100% superwash Merino wool yarn - 328 yards / 100 grams, 3-ply
Twist Fiber Studio Haywood Worsted - A springy 100% superwash Merino wool yarn - 218 yards / 100 grams, 4-ply
Spinning Fiber Choices
Superfine Merino - An unbelievably soft 19 micron Merino top with a 2" to 5" staple
Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) - A durable yet soft wool top with a 3" to 6" staple
Falkland - A soft and resilient wool top with a 4" to 6" staple
Polwarth - A soft and squishy wool top with a 3" to 7" staple
New Rewards Added October 15th - Because the limited-edition Perfect Pair project bag sets sold out so quickly, we are adding new $60 and $80 reward levels for a surprise Perfect Pair project bag set. Just like the limited-edition sets, these sets will include our Everyday Project Bag (which measures 12" long, 8" tall, and 5" wide at the base), and your choice of yarn and/or fiber, depending on the reward level you choose. We'll choose the colorway and dye the yarn and fiber to match. The colorway you receive will not be one of the limited-edition sets pictured, but will be equally as beautiful. These rewards have an expected delivery date of April, 2015 so we'll have adequate time to shop for fabrics and develop matching colorways. We have also added international shipping options for all available rewards.
$1 - Not a knitter or spinner, but still want to support Twist Fiber Studio? With your donation of $1 or more, you'll receive a huge thank you and a virtual hug. Thanks so much for your support!
$10 - A hand written thank you note and special Kickstarter commemorative stitch marker. Thank you for your support!
$20 - A hand-dyed braid of Twist Fiber Studio fiber. We'll choose the colorway, so a fun surprise will come to your mailbox. Choose from 4 oz of Superfine Merino, BFL, Falkland, or Polwarth.
$25 - A hand-dyed skein of Twist Fiber Studio yarn. We'll choose the colorway, so a fun surprise will come to your mailbox. Choose from our Fairview fingering, Asheland sport, or Haywood worsted weight yarns.
$35 - A Twist Fiber Studio Everyday project bag. We'll choose the fabrics, so a fun surprise will come to your mailbox. The Everyday bag is ideal for a one to two skein project and measures 12" long, 8" tall, and 5" wide at the base. Each bag is made from high quality cotton fabrics and features heavy lining and a boxed bottom so it stands up on its own.
$60 - Your choice of Twist Fiber Studio's Perfect Pair project bag sets. These limited edition sets feature our Everyday project bag and your choice of perfectly coordinating yarn or four ounces of spinning fiber.
$80 - Your choice of Twist Fiber Studio's Perfect Pair deluxe project bag sets. These limited edition sets feature our Everyday project bag, perfectly coordinating yarn, and perfectly coordinating spinning fiber. You may also choose two matching skeins of yarn, or two matching braids of fiber, ideal for larger projects.
You can keep up to date with what's happening at Twist Fiber Studio through my video podcast, the Twisted Stitcher Podcast. I upload new episodes on the 1st and 15th of each month and talk about my knitting and spinning adventures, and what's new in the shop. You can watch the podcast on my blog: www.twistedstitcherpodcast.wordpress.com.
Risks and challenges
I am so thankful to have an excellent team of mentors at my college that have helped me work through and overcome potential obstacles before I encounter them. I have established a timeline that will allow me to deliver your rewards by the end of February, 2015. I have the assistance of two awesome seamstresses to aid in producing the Everyday Project Bags, which will help to send out your rewards even faster. The main risk I face is if any of the yarns or fibers I've offered as rewards are out of stock from my suppliers (however they're all in stock as of today). I also will have continued funding from the Student Business Incubator program should I encounter any unforeseen expenses in delivering your Kickstarter rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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