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Combo Spin Tutorial Part 1

Combo Spin Tutorial - Part One

Last month we put out a little Instagram poll asking what you would like to see for our first spinning tutorial. You overwhelmingly picked a combo spin, and LeAndra took a deep breath and dived right in to make this educational and vibrant spin a reality. Though there were a few surprises along the way, and we weren't sure about the results at a few points, this actually turned out to be a really cool project, and we're glad that you challenged us to bring it to life! We had to split this into two parts, and they will both be pretty image heavy posts, but it was important to us to make sure that the process was clear and easy to understand. Strap yourself in, and let's get down to combo spinning!
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All Wrapped Up and Tied in a Bow

All Wrapped Up and Tied in a Bow

Apparently, 'tis the season of all things new here at Created by Elsie B! Though it wasn't necessarily planned, we have had several new releases this month and have even more pretty big stuff that is coming soon. (Sign up for our newsletter to get first dibs on our very big, very exciting October launch!) If you haven't been following along, check our recently added tab. We added Merino/Seacell as a new base to the shop, opened a pre-order for the cutest little handcrafted Elsie B sheep mugs, and we are in the process of adding our stunning hand woven artisan scarves made with hand dyed, hand spun Created by Elsie B fibers! Some of these projects have been in process for most of the year, so to say that we're giddy with excitement to introduce them would an understatement!
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We've Got News For You

We've Got News For You

When we made the decision to launch the Created by Elsie B website last year, we had to take a deep breath because it was a huge labor of love and an awful lot of work. Because Elsie B is so well supported, it has turned out to be one of the best decisions we've ever made. One of the really fun aspects of the website is that we get a lot of information about how you are all interacting with us, and that helps us better target your needs. Most of you, for example, like to keep up with what's new at Created by Elsie B via Instagram, and we also have a very active Facebook community as well as a Pinterest page that many of you follow. What you might not know, however, is that we have also rolled out a regular newsletter within the last few months, effectively allowing us to reach you one-on-one in your inbox. So, what's in it for you? Why should you sign up, and what do we offer to newsletter subscribers?
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That's One of a Kind!

That's One of a Kind!

Not to be too sentimental, but we have a special place in our heart for each and every braid of hand-dyed combed top that we put our creative touch on. There are definitely some that we love maybe a little more than others. (Check out LeAndra's Favorites to see the picks that really make our hearts sing!) Still, they are all unique in their own way. What you may not realize, however, is that we offer two types of colorways in our shop - repeatable and OOAK. What that means is that there are certain colorways that are truly limited editions. If you fall in love with a one of a kind colorway, be sure to stock up, because once it's gone, it's gone for good!
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There's a Club for That!  An in depth spotlight of the Created by Elsie B fiber club

Like Surprises? There's a Club For That!

At Created by Elsie B, one of our favorite things ever is spreading beauty and color in our customer's lives. While creating unique colorways regularly rocks our world, seeing what appeals to you and what you make with our hand-dyed combed top fiber is probably the most fulfilling part of what we do. And, we are certainly surprised in the best way as we browse the things that our customers share on Instagram and Facebook! Still, why should we have all the fun? We like to give surprises as well! If you consistently love the style and showmanship of Elsie B fibers and enjoy surprises, you should definitely check out our fiber club!
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The Care and Keeping of Fiber

The Care and Keeping of Fiber

Browsing the Created by Elsie B shop can be a wonderful experience because there is just so much to see! However, while shopping may leave you dreaming of all the fun fiber possibilities, the real challenge comes when your fluff arrives in the mail and you have to figure out exactly what to DO with it. Wool can be delicate and finicky, and it's important to care for it properly to get the best from your hand dyed combed top and yarn. The good news is that it's not hard if you understand the potential pitfalls in stash storage.
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Get Them While They're Hot!

Get Them While They're Hot!

With the end of summer, you might be missing a lot of things. You can probably expect to have less free time, less sunshine and less leisurely vacations now that families are back to school. What you shouldn't miss, however, is your favorite Created by Elsie B colorways! These little tastes of summer can be enjoyed year round, but don't wait because each of these listings has only one braid left in the shop. Run, don't walk to pick up one of these beauties before they're gone!
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Customer Spotlight: Carole Bournias

Customer Spotlight: Carole Bournias

Welcome to the very first Created by Elsie B customer spotlight! Today we are thrilled to be featuring Carole Bournias, a long-time member and contributor to the Elsie B community. She regularly shares her spins and participates in challenges and SALs in our Facebook group. We feel like our entire community benefits from her cheerfulness and wisdom, and we hope you enjoy getting to know Carole as much as we have!
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Let's Get to Know YOU!

Let's Get to Know YOU!

There are many advantages to operating a small business, but one of our favorite things here at Created by Elsie B is the fact that we get to make personal connections with our customers on a daily basis. Producing our fibers is really a one-woman show, with a very small supporting cast that holds a few specific balls in the air behind the scenes. Because of this, you are all not just our customers but people that we consider friends. You get to see a bit of the personal side of the business through our Facebook group and by following us on Instagram. (Use #elsiebeconfessions to find behind-the-scenes vignettes about what makes LeAndra tick!) Still, our customers keep us going, so we are thrilled to announce that one of the recurring features on the Created by Elsie B blog will be a customer spotlight where we get to take the focus off the business and product side of things to spend a little one-on-one time with a favorite customer - you!
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One of These Things is Not (Exactly) Like the Other!

One of These Things is Not (Exactly) Like the Other!

We love that we are able to offer so many options for combed top fiber at Created by Elsie B! However, the wide variety means that we get questions frequently about what all the bases are and what the differences are between them. While that is a bit of a loaded question, we thought that a fun and easy way to do some comparisons would be to show the same colorways side-by-side on different fiber bases. Today's edition of this recurring series features Merino/Seacell, one of the newest fiber bases at Created by Elsie B. It's a beauty, and we think you'll love it as much as we do!
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Make A Wish! (A Wish List, That Is.)

Make A Wish! (A Wish List, That Is.)

I don't know about you, but I'm always running into the conundrum of my cart being, well, bigger than my wallet. (I know I'm not the only one!) While it would be amazing if we all had unlimited funds, that's just not real life, is it? Sometimes things get in the way, or bills are due, or you just don't have time to sort through all your wants to decide what you really need today. Whatever your reasons to browse now and pay later, we have you covered at Created by Elsie B with our intuitive wishlist feature. If you haven't created a wishlist yet, follow along as we show you how to build the virtual stash of your dreams. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
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Jumping Down the Rabbit Hole, a beginner's guide to spinning fiber

Jumping Down the Rabbit Hole - a Beginner's FAQ

Welcome to the Created by Elsie B blog! We're so excited to add this feature to our community, giving us the opportunity to connect with our customers in a more personal way. You are the heart of this business, and we wouldn't be where we are today without the ongoing support of each of the fiber lovers that we get to rub virtual shoulders with every day. We have several things in the works that will allow you to showcase your work and allow us to individually feature the many members that love Elsie B fibers, so stay tuned!

As many of you may have guessed from our social media posts over the years, there are many pieces moving behind the scenes to make your fiber experience the very best possible when you visit us at Created by Elsie B. What might surprise you is that not everyone on our team is a fiber artist. (I know, right?!) For that reason and because we want this blog to be a comprehensive resource for both beginning and experienced fiber artists, we figured that starting with a beginner FAQ would be a fitting ribbon cutting for the Create by Elsie B blog.

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