Squeezing in another vendor profile in advance of event weekend! We really can't wait to squeeze this next vendor's new yarn, Cumbria. Please read on to learn more about The Fibre Co. from owner Daphne Marinopoulos.
The Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace will feature fabulous indie makers, dyers and designers from across the UK. Tell us about your company and specialty. What are you best known for?
The Fibre Co. focuses on creating yarns from interesting blends of natural fibres. The unique lines in our range of yarns are all carefully developed to achieve the perfect combination of softness and structure. Our yarns are dyed to create subtle variation in tone and saturated, sophisticated colours. The result is an elegant yarn worthy of the most special projects—yours. Terra shown below is one of the favourites in our collection and showcases the type of work that we are known for.
Space is at a premium in the Pop-Up Marketplace so we've asked vendors to bring their "best of the best" - what wares will you have to tempt visitors?
We’re bringing our new line—Cumbria! I developed the idea for this new yarn while I was in the throes of planning my move to England. My husband’s family lives in the North Lakes (so do we now) and visits to the region over the years were always so inspiring. The light can be absolutely fantastic up here with sunsets on nearby Skiddaw and other peaks serving as nature’s light shows. Who wouldn’t want to create a new yarn based on this beautiful region? Here’s one of our views.
That view inspired this:
Can you tell us about the making/designing/collaborating/or other process involved in your business?
Here at The Fibre Co., it’s all about blending fibres together to achieve an interesting texture and base onto which artisan dye techniques can be applied for really beautiful colour results. I begin by ‘finger spinning’ natural fibres together and playing with percentages and weights. As an example, to develop our new line Cumbria, I began by wanting a natural brown wool to mix with a finer white wool to obtain a grey base. The goal was to create a long wearing everyday yarn in an amazing array of deeply saturated colours. I wanted lustre, so I added 10% mohair to the blend…just enough for a natural patina to each shade. Then, I go into the laboratory to see how various dye formulas look. I did over 80 lab dips to come up with the 14 that are in the initial launch palette. Here I am in the laboratory!
The final 14 shades:
What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business?
I’m an eternal ‘starter’ and just love creating new products. When we had a mill and spun our own yarn, the entire process was so fulfilling (if a bit tiring!). There was always something new to create or play with in the mill. And even though I don’t do this on a daily basis anymore, the product development process is still a thrilling adventure for me.
Tell us the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while you've been running your company, or while you've been at a yarn show or festival!
Hmmm, funny…Well, I suppose I laugh at myself quite a bit when I think about how naïve I was in the early days. With no industry experience or know-how, I bought a spinning mill and had the audacity to think that I could create a product that the enthusiast knitter would enjoy. Here’s a photo from our first trade show back in 2005. Quaint, isn’t it?
This is what we looked like 10 years later in March 2015 at the international trade show in Cologne, Germany called h+h (hobby + handarbeit).
The Fibre Co. is one of our door prize sponsors. We're sure it will make a lucky Yarn Crawler very happy! Thanks again Daphne!