Under the Covers at 2 Dye Studios: Sincere Sheep & Elemental Affects
This chat is all about two dyed in the wool Fiber Lovers living their dream!
Through hard work, collaboration and many lessons learned along the way they've achieved their dreams and have more adventures ahead.
Jeane left a corporate career in 2005 to pursue her dream: to create beautiful yarns from natural fibers in the U.S. and then dye them in wonderful colors. Not an easy task, but grit and determination lead to the successful company we all know and love: Elemental Affects.
Brooke founded founded Sincere Sheep in 2003 based on principles translated from the slow food movement, a concept that was gaining regional momentum. Applying the ideas of traditional and regionally sourced ingredients to textiles, early products were made from wool from bay area family farms and processed at a local mill into carded roving and yarn. They were initially labeled with both the name of the farm and animal. Today Sincere Sheep is recognized as a North American brand and beloved by many a knitter & crocheter!
Jeane and Brooke have worked together separately for a number of years - sounding boards for one another facing the same dilemmas, they've become friends and collaborators. Their most recent collaboration, Coastal Yarn, demonstrates the bounty that two determined woman, working together can achieve.
Join us for an hour of inspiration with 2 women who have taken that leap of faith and made a career in fiber! It's an hour you won't soon forget!
In 2003, I moved back to the Napa Valley and founded Sincere Sheep based on principles I translated from the slow food movement, a concept that was gaining regional momentum. Applying the ideas of traditional and regionally sourced ingredients to textiles, our early products were made from wool from bay area family farms and processed at a local mill into carded roving and yarn. They were initially labeled with both the name of the farm and animal.
Now, still located in the wine-growing region of Napa, CA, Sincere Sheep continues to be inspired and guided by the concept of terroir. Both wool and natural dyes are agricultural products that depend upon and reflect their environment. Factors during the annual growing cycle such as water, grass, weather and stewardship all impact the quality of the wool clip and plant harvest. You will see the effects in the subtle variation of colors and textures of yarn from year to year.
In 2005, I returned from living in New York City to settle back in Southern California low desert area of Desert Hot Springs. I retired from the corporate world and decided that I wanted to make and dye yarn for a living. I know -- those two things don’t necessarily go with each other, especially in the summer when I am in the dye shed with the burners on ... and the outside temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit! (We won’t discuss the temperature IN the dye shed!)
But I am stubborn that way. My dream was (and is) to create beautiful yarns from natural fibers in the U.S. ... and then dye them in wonderful colors.
During my stay on the East Coast, I worked in a yarn store between professional gigs and I was struck by how few nice yarns were made in the U.S. I was struck by what a nice job Peggy Wells (Brown Sheep) was doing with domestically produced yarns, but couldn’t find anything else.
Time passed. Airplanes hit buildings and I decided it was time to go home and do something I really wanted to do.
Elemental Affects was born.
This is a one-time live Zoom Event on Sunday, April 18th at 4:00pm Eastern, 3:00pm Central, 2:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Pacific.