Fiber Arts Friday: Collaboration Among Fiber Artists

21 May

This week for Fiber Arts Friday I want to take you on a trip through the Phatfiber Box. I do this every time I get a Phatfiber Box, but this time I’m coordinating it with FAF.

For those of you who don’t know, very briefly, the Phatfiber Sampler Box is an amazing idea, the brainchild of Jessie Booth, aka Phatfiberlady on Ravelry. Jessie asks fiber artists like myself to contribute sample sizes of our products every month (or whenever we can) and then she compiles those samples together into boxes. People rush to the Etsy shop in a mad frenzy on the day the boxes go on sale and what they get is a chance to sample fiber art products from a variety of independent fiber artists before they buy a full-sized item. If you’re looking to support Indie Fiber Artists or to try out some new yarns or spinning fibers and other goodies (like stitch markers, project bags and patterns), the Box is an awesome way to do that. If you’re a fiber artist, it’s a great way to promote your work. Email Jessie at phatfiber@yahoo.com if you want to learn more about how to get on the mailing list as a buyer or how to contribute.

There are three types of boxes you can purchase: the Fluff box is full of spinning fibers and goodies, the Stitches box is full of yarn and goodies (both handspun and commercially spun hand-dyed) and the Mixed or Regular box is full of some of all of it. As a contributor, I earn a mixed box each month if I send in enough samples. Here is my Mixed Box this month …

First, the packaging. Jessie always makes everything look so awesome. This month’s theme is “Blossoms and Bark,” so her wrapping paper was floral and the purple envelope there has wildflower seeds in it so you can plant the paper and watch them grow!

Inside the purple envelope Jessie puts a variety of stitch markers and business cards, many of which have coupon codes or offers on them, which is amazing!

Then we have the yarns:

This month I got a neat orangey skein of handspun from Enchanted Yarn, some fingering weight superwash merino in the Lublu colorway from All for Love of Yarn, fingering weight wool/cashmere/nylon in the Franconia colorway from NH Knitting Mama, a cake of color-changing laceweight cotton from Wolle’s Yarn Creations, and a beautiful skein of mohair/wool yarn with coordinating buttons from Avalon Springs Farm.

Now, the Fluff:

I got some yellowish/greenish superwash BFL in the Early Beech colorway from Spincerely Yours, the red/orange Zinnias colorway merino wool from Smoky Mountain Fibers, a bright orange/yellow/sparkly Nasturtium mini batt from Sweet Pea Fibers, a tan/brown/pink Pistachio Rose mini batt from Fiber Fancy, a pink and brown Cherry Blossom merino/tencel blend from The Dyeing Arts, soft and smooth Rambouillet in the Lilac colorway from Knits in Class (our very own FAF participant!), a beautiful sample of two colorways – Sakura and Dogwood – from Play at Life Fiber Arts with a mini pin that says “honorary baller,” and a gorgeous purple/green/sparkly batt called Redwood Forest from Silver Sun Alpacas.

I also got some beautiful extras this time around:

I got a gorgeous KIP bag from Ruddawg, a Vertex scarf pattern from Galia Lael, a knit flower scrubbie pattern from Garilynn, a handmade button from Fuzzy Buzz, a starfish hair tie pattern from KT Vaughn, and a stitch marker from The Twice Sheared Sheep.

Whew! That was a lot of posting, I know, but I wanted to share the wonder that is the Phat Fiber Box. Happy Fiber Arts Friday everyone! Go check out the other posts in our blog carnival!

5 Responses to “Fiber Arts Friday: Collaboration Among Fiber Artists”

  1. Dutch Hollow Acres May 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Wow what a big box of goodies! I love some of those rovings. Looks like a lot of fun!

  2. Allison May 22, 2010 at 2:12 am #

    I can see why people want those boxes. I’ll have to check it out!

  3. AllyB May 22, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    A treasure trove! That looks like great fun. Thanks for the tip on this and showing us your lovely items. I’ll be checking that out for sure!

  4. wonderwhygal May 22, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    I really should contact her about contributing…I think those boxes are amazing…like a special gift. Thanks for sharing and giving us the links to more fiber artists.

  5. carrie May 25, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    I just finished my mom’s shawl and I am half way through the Grapes of Wrath. I am so gonna be ready for your Kal!!!! Talk about timing! Your new color way is just beautiful!! I am going to have to figure out what sweater pattern I want to do and have you dye the yarn for me. Your work in just beautiful!

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