Akerworks, inc., is a family-owned and operated business based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Our work focuses on modern, mechanically inventive products meant to foster imagination while functioning as beautiful objects. We blend 3D printed parts, space age composites, and lovingly handcrafted wood elements to make tools for use with knitting, spinning, and more.
Arkaik Fibres is the intersection of a love of the fibre arts, the expression of color, and a life long appreciation of music and record covers. Arkaik Fibres' dyer, Jay, specializes in creating subtle, complex, and moody colourways, whether bright or muted, tonal or variegated. Inspiration is drawn from album artwork and lyrics from an eclectic palate of music, which is reflected in the collection of uniquely named colourways. Their yarn is primarily sourced from breed-specific fibre from Bluefaced Leicester and Polwarth sheep. Arkaik Fibres signature yarn base, Fremont Tweed, is a BFL Tweed fingering weight yarn well suited for shawls, sweaters, and more.
Barinaga Ranch, located in coastal Marin County, is home to Marcia Barinaga’s small flock of white and colored Corriedale, Romney and Cormo sheep, as well as some retired East Friesian dairy ewes from when Marcia ran a sheep dairy and made cheese. Marcia comes from a family of shepherds, and feels a deep connection with her sheep. Her sheep graze year-round on nearly 100 acres of certified-organic pastures. Marcia uses climate-friendly management practices and rotational grazing to maintain the health of her coastal grasslands, protected as farmland forever by a conservation easement with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. She sells white and naturally colored Romney, Corriedale and crossbred fleeces to hand-spinners and also sells roving and naturally colored yarns produced at Valley Oak and Mendocino wool mills.
Master woodworker Jonathan Bosworth’s superb top whorl spindles are known for their balanced, even spin. He also makes user-friendly, no-fuss charkhas for spinning cotton; extra spindles, replacement belts, padded bags, and tutorial DVDs are available. Bosworth boat shuttles — perfect for the charkha spindles — take you quickly from spinning to weaving. Niddy-noddies and wood/hand care products also in stock. Jonathan’s wife Sheila is an avid spindler herself; she manages the business end of things, allowing Jonathan plenty of shop time to create his fiber tools and research spinning wheels from China’s Han Dynasty to Gandhi's charkha and beyond.
Bungalow Farm Angora
Bungalow Farm Angoras is a small urban farm raising top quality German Angora rabbits. The rabbits are humanly sheared and produce the fiber for the yarn, roving, batts, fiber, knitting and felting kits, and garments that Bungalow Farms offers.
Busy Stix is a welcoming place for knitters and crocheters. They sell local hand-dyed yarn and unique knitting accessories and supplies.
Cashmere Kids Farm
Cashmere Kids sells cashmere cloud, batts, and roving along with naturally colored and hand-dyed two-ply yarn. They also accept fleeces for processing from producers of fine diameter fiber.
Clemes & Clemes, Inc.
Clemes & Clemes is a father and son duo making fiber arts equipment since 1970. They have everything you need to get from fleece to shawl, including Good Clean Fiber, Unicorn Power Scour, fiber preparation tools, spinning wheels and drop spindles, weaving equipment, books, silk reels, stitching stands, and more.
Creative with Clay
Charan Sachar’s pottery reflects his passion for the fiber arts, like knitting, spinning, weaving and he uses it as an inspiration for his clay work. He strives to give life to clay, decorating to represent his love for fiber, keeping functionality and uniqueness in mind.
Fibershed Marketplace features goods from regionally grown materials that enhance and restore our soil, water, and the health of our biosphere. This cooperatively owned market has clothing, housewares, fiber, yarn, and dyes from over 30 merchants in the Northern California Fibershed.
Girl on the Rocks
Girl on the Rocks has been designing and making fiber-themed gifts and tools in Oakland since 2004. Their ever-expanding catalog of innovative & practical laser-cut tools and accessories are essential for knitters, hand spinners and crocheters.
Golden Sheep Fibers
Golden Sheep Fibers is a one-woman hand dyed yarn business located in Solano County, California. Owner Michelle Keem custom blends dyes to create rich, earthy hues inspired by nature and her travels. Michelle’s introduction to the fiber world was in 2016 when a friend taught her to knit and she was smitten from the start - that first chunky scarf was quickly followed by casting on a sweater. As someone who has long been fascinated by the mechanics of creating, dyeing piqued her curiosity and led to the opening of Golden Sheep Fibers in early 2021. In addition to her fiber-related pursuits, Michelle is a professional classical musician and enjoys travel adventures around California and around the world!
Kira K Designs
Kira K Designs creates knitting and crochet patterns and teaches craft classes in and around Oakland. Their patterns present a streamlined aesthetic featuring clean lines and intriguing details.
Lani’s Lana features Rambouillet wool from the Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley. Their offerings include yarn, fiber, fabric, knitting kits, and finished goods made from wool grown using sustainable, natural methods.
Lassen View and Arapaho Rose Alpacas
Lassen View and Arapaho Rose Alpacas are located in Shasta County, Northern California. They have been raising award winning alpacas and their fiber for over 20 years. They have alpaca fleece or rovings in all 22 natural colors. They take pride in the fact; that these soft and luxurious fleeces have minimal vegetation. Therefore, they give a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You will want to add these fabulous alpaca fleeces to your stash.
Mendocino Wool & Fiber Inc.
Mendocino Wool and Fiber is a family owned, community based wool processing facility that uses local wool to make roving, sliver, and yarn. Their mission is to grow the domestically sourced fiber economy while supporting everyone along the supply chain with quality products that are good for the environment: the farmers, the producers, the artisans, and the consumer.
Meridian Jacobs has a flock of more than sixty Jacob sheep to supply them with unique spotted wool for hand spinning, knitting, and weaving. They also carry Lunatic Fringe yarns and kits and spinning and weaving equipment from Ashford, Clemes & Clemes, and Schacht.
PassionKNITS Yarn is a small, BIPOC/BBIMP, veteran, woman-owned business solely owned and operated by Mrs. Ain Munn. PassionKNITS Yarn specializes in fine, luxury hand-dyed yarns and fibers on a variety of weights, bases and materials featuring bold, vibrant and imaginative colorways. Ain loves to experiment with different dyeing methods when creating new colorways. She also loves to knit, crochet and tunisian crochet and has many patterns in her queue waiting for their chance to be made. Ain currently resides in Maryland with her wonderful family and fur baby Fiona.
Sea Change Fibers by The Dye Project
The Dye Project was born out of a desire to combine the gorgeous colors and variations of hand-dyed processes with wooly non-superwash yarn that people will love to knit. All of their yarns have been carefully chosen to be both wonderful to work with and fabulous to wear.
Shaggy Bear Farms
Shaggy Bear Farms is a small family farm that strives to promote and preserve the rare, endangered and lesser-known fiber breeds inhabiting our planet. Located in the small town of Scio, Oregon, they currently raise 44 different breeds of fiber animals strictly for their fleeces. Shaggy Bear Farms is proud to be a source of “farm to needle” yarns and fiber for spinning.
Sincere Sheep specializes in breed-specific, domestically sourced and spun wool yarn dyed with the finest natural dyes.
Solitude Wool creates breed specific yarns and fiber. We source fleece exclusively from small farms in the Chesapeake Fibershed. Started in 2006 by Loudoun County, Virginia shepherds who love wool, our mission is to promote sheep of many breeds and support sustainable agriculture. We strive to excite and educate knitters, spinners and all makers with yarns that feel alive and retain the character of the fleece and type of wool. We are an Official Fiber Provider for the Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ’em to Save ’em Initiative.
Speckled Finch Studios
Speckled Finch Studios is a small hand-dyed yarn company run out of a home studio in San Francisco. Their yarn is dyed in small batches and their colorways are inspired by a magical mix of the stunning nature found along the Northern California coast, pop culture, and whimsy.
We raise naturally colored Merino Sheep specifically for the handcraft community. We maximize our flock at the 25 finest over a spectrum of natural colors. We take pride in the longer staple, bolder crimp and magnificent handle in this strain of merino. We feed only local hay and locally grown custom milled grain as part of our feed plan aimed at longer staple and stronger fiber for the handspinner. Our sheep are pasture raised and jacketed for cleanliness and sun protection all year. We were very selective in our starter stock and continue to select to a higher level. Supreme raw fine wool fleeces are our primary focus. However, we also have been developing a line of yarn and roving to our products which is homegrown and processed entirely in Montana. These merinos are also a larger body and make an excellent dual purpose breed. We annually have a few breeder lambs available. Our flock is NCWGA and MWGA registered. Steitzhof Merinos is a registered “Grown in Montana” entity.
The Loom Room
The Loom Room celebrates four generations of ranch and farm life! They offer yarn, roving, fleece, and finished goods made from their alpacas, colored merino sheep, and angora rabbits.