Sandy and I started this business almost 10 years ago selling tie-dyed clothing and accessories, with the intent of moving into selling fiber from a wide variety of breeds and types. From the get-go, we wanted to help sheep owners with the problem of what to do with the fleeces that must be sheared from their flocks each year. Most had no idea how to get them out to a spinning public who really wanted them. And that’s where Sandy and I came in.
We became the connection from those flock owners to the public. We helped advise them on how to better their flock’s fleece quality and make those fleeces worth more. We learned all about the processing that it takes to make those raw, dirty fleeces into luscious roving, top and yarn for you, the end user. We spun, knitted and learned all we could about each breed and fiber type, educating ourselves as best we could so we could help makers choose the best fiber for their creations. And we have had the time of our lives doing so.
Because of these years working with wool, spinners, knitters, sheep breeders, etc., our knowledge base has increased 100 fold, and the people we have met and worked with along the way has been nothing short of amazing. Not for the world would we have missed this experience.
But, and you knew there was a but coming, times have changed, our personal situations aren’t the same, and Sandy and I, as much as we hate to admit it, have come to the conclusion that it is time to close Dyed in the Wool and move on to other things in our lives. For me, it has been the experimental and education videos on The Fiber Pusher. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, but the constant work behind Dyed in the Wool has prevented me from beginning this new venture.
Also, nearly all of our vacation days have been used vending at fiber festivals, and Scott and I now want to travel and do things together that have been put off for almost a decade. None of us are getting any younger and checking some things off all our bucket lists is becoming more and more of a priority.
Having said this, we have taken 40% off the costs of everything in the shop. When items sell out, they will not be restocked, so get them while you can. We will be vending at Michigan Fiber Festival on August 16 – 18, and all inventory will be 40% off there as well. Also, at Michigan Fiber Festival, we will be selling fixtures, out Patrick Green Big Batt Drum Carder, our blending board, and many more things we no longer will need for our business.
Thank you for making this last decade one of the most fun and fulfilling times in our lives. Sandy and I are humbly grateful for your support and we look forward to seeing you as fellow fiber artists rather than as a vendor.