Here at Created by Elsie B, we hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. We're keeping it a bit low key around here, if you haven't noticed, but we still have some exciting news to highlight. LeAndra has spent the last 12 months perfecting a new product that has been bouncing around her head for years. We are so excited to put the physical manifestation of this long-anticipated dream in your crafty hands and see it spring to life. Sharing our fiber love with you gives us so much joy, so we think it's quite fitting to release it around the most wonderful time of the year! This week, we'll unwrap all the ins and out of the Created by Elsie B Year of Fiber - consider it our gift to you for a cheerful and bright 2020! What better way to ring in a brand new decade than with a brand new Elsie B product?
While fiber and all the ins and outs of preparing, picking color palettes and dyeing make up the majority of what we do here at Created by Elsie B, LeAndra is also a spinner, knitter and fiber artist herself. This means that not only do you get the absolute best fibers when you shop with us, but we also have a variety of bits, bobs and complementary products that speak to fiber-loving souls like you. If you haven't searched our product catalog extensively, you may have missed our Elsie B Sheep Notions Bag, one of the cutest and most useful additions to the website. Today we're spotlighting these little darlings, where they came from and their plethora of uses!
As promised, we're back this week for part two of our combo spin tutorial. If you remember, we ended the first post with our five braids separated and remixed into spinning bundles of about one ounce each. We've had so much great feedback on this series, and we're excited to walk you through the process to complete this yarn. As we prepared for what we expected to be the rest of the story, however, it became clear that there was just too much to fit in one post. (Really, there's around three dozen photos!) So, this blog will cover the spin, and we'll come back and do a third and final installment where we show you the process that LeAndra went through to knit the finished project. So, get comfy, and let's get down to spinning, plying and twisting!
While it's hard to say when and how spinning, knitting and their associated fiber arts originated, history does reflect that people have been playing with wool, silk and yarn for a very long time, with physical evidence of knitted products that go back as far as the 11th century. There are even pieces of art such as Bertram's Knitting Madonna that depict the Virgin Mary clicking away with creativity. Traditionally, the fiber arts have been a very social craft as projects were both a labor of love and a necessity of life, meaning yarn and needles were carried everywhere so that artisans could sneak in a stitch whenever they found opportunity. Though modern manufacturing has changed the way we live significantly, the social life of the fiber arts is still an important and fulfilling part of the craft.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!