Spirit Trail Fiberworks specializes in unique, high quality yarns and fibers ~ over 20 yarns and 10 spinning fibers of wool, silk, alpaca and other exotic fibers find their way into our dyepots. We select our yarns and fibers based upon fiber quality and tactile enjoyment: Only those we would enjoy using ourselves find their way into our line of yarns and fibers.
All of our yarns and fibers are dyed in small, artisan batches at our studio and home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Each batch of yarn or fiber is a special, custom order. We utilize washfast acid dyes to obtain a vast array of color possibilities, and vinegar as a safe and gentle mordant. Our yarns and fibers are carefully handpainted with soulful attention to detail to ensure beautiful colorwork and uniform color saturation. They are then wrapped and gently steamed in large pots, left to cool to ensure complete dye saturation, and hung to dry naturally outdoors in the sun and gentle breezes of Rappahannock County, Virginia. They are then rinsed several times to remove any residual dye Essential oils of eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender are added to the final rinse to deter pests.
Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarns and fibers are all handpainted as "variegated," "softly variegated" and "semi-solid". Variegated yarns include 3 to 6 complementary colors and are painted so that transitions between colors are subtle and blended rather than rigid and segmented. Softly Variegated yarns are created using only two colors which are significantly blended together for a very subtle exchange of color. Semi-Solids are dyed with one color, but because they are handpainted and not kettle-dyed, subtle color changes and tonal variety are created during the dye process to create depth and shading.
Spirit Trail Fiberworks is owned by Jennifer Heverly, who has a background in art, english literature and commercial real estate. She started her fiber arts company in 2003 as a way to join her avocation with her vocation, and hasn't looked back since.