Ended on May 7th 2021
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Welcome to Fibre Arts Shed! We are reaching out to ask for your help as we set up a new-to-us mini-mill in our shed at Jilliby NSW. This new line of equipment will enable us to process Aussie-grown wool and alpaca fibre straight from the farm and manufacture beautiful yarn for knitting, crocheting, weaving and other craft projects. This means that we will be able to keep more wool and alpaca in Australia, rather than needing to ship it overseas for processing. It also means that we will be able to work with local wool growers and alpaca breeders to create a product that is 100% traceable and 100% Australian. We hope you will join us on this fantastic journey!
We are a small, family-owned business on the NSW Central Coast Hinterland that specialises in selling raw materials and tools to fibre artists. We also operate a small wool and alpaca fibre carding service. Clare runs the day-to-day and Paul helps out with fibre processing and all things computer and technology-related. We invite you to learn more about us, what we value and why we love what we do by watching this short video on our YouTube channel.
In addition to a small retail space and an online shop, we offer a wool and alpaca fibre processing service that creates a product called roving that is suitable for handspinning or felting. We also have developed a range of locally-grown roving that we are especially proud of called our FAST Fibre collection. Working closely with local Central Coast and NSW wool growers and alpaca breeders, these fibres are fully-traceable to the farm, and in some cases to the individual animal. We process, mill and dye these fibres in our shed at Jilliby in the Central Coast hinterland. This collection of roving has been very popular among spinners and felters.
We are excited to now have the opportunity to take this process one step further and create a high-quality machine-spun yarn.
One of the things we value very highly at Fibre Arts Shed is community. We donate a portion of the proceeds of our FAST Fibre program to Yerin, a Central Coast-based not-for-profit organisation that provides healthcare and other services to Indiginous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders in our community. We work with local schools to help children learn about fibre arts and where wool comes from. We are conscious of minimising the environmental impact our products and processes have on the environment. Now, we are calling on our community to help us set up our new Mini Mill. We have secured financing for seven pieces of equipment that will double our production and provide us with the manufacturing capabilities to turn Australian-grown wool and alpaca fibre into yarn. This means we will be able to produce our own line of traceable yarn as well as offer spinning as part of our fibre processing services.
We need your help to get the mill set up in our Shed. The money raised in this crowdfunding campaign will be used to help us pay for the logistical costs in setting up this mini mill. This includes freight, expanding our shed and new electrical work. Any additional funds raised will be used towards upgrading our fibre washing process to make it more efficient.
We are offering a range of contribution levels for our project. These contributions will all be rewarded with undyed DK/8-ply yarn (either wool or alpaca) that will be 100% processed by us in our shed, on our new equipment and will be fully-traceable. These rewards will be shipped free of charge to any address in Australia..
Perhaps you aren’t a “yarny” person? Or maybe you don’t need any more yarn in your stash? Or you live overseas and so we can’t ship the reward to you? No worries – you can still support our crowdfunding campaign with our “pay the yarn forward” initiative. We have partnered with the humanitarian organisation Aussies Knitting for War Affected Kids (AKWAK) to have your yarn reward “paid forward” to volunteer knitters and crocheters who make warm and beautiful items for children displaced by war.
Thank you so much for your support! If you have any questions or want to reach out, please feel free to contact us. We wish you hours of joyful creativity!
Dear lovely campaign contributors -
With your help, we have reached our goal of raising $20,000 to get our mini mill set up in our shed. We cannot thank you all enough! The shed extension is nearly complete, the electrical work is done and the equipment was delivered earlier this week. We are now taking time to get the equipment assembled and running - keep an eye on our social media pages for updates and to see photos and videos of the machinery!
Even though we have reached our target, our campaign will remain active until the end of the day on Friday 7 May (Sydney time). If you have a friend who has been thinking of contributing, now is the time! Once the campaign is finished, we will update you with how much yarn we will be spinning as rewards for this campaign and how much yarn has been generously donated to Aussies Knitting for War Affected Kids.
Thank you so much for your support during this campaign! We are so excited about the path ahead.
With gratitude -- Clare & Paul
Greetings from the Fibre Arts Shed!
Thanks to everyone's contributions, things here are proceeding nicely with our shed extension in preparation for the delivery of our mini mill equipment on Tuesday! We will be posting lots of photos and some videos of the new equipment being delivered - so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Our campagin is progressing and we are about $4000 short of our $20,000 target. We have decided to extend the campaign one additional week (now ending on Friday 7 May). We have also added a new reward at the $100 contribution level. You can now select a combo pack of 2x 100g of wool yarn + 2x 100g of alpaca yarn as a reward.
With Mother's Day approaching, we think that a contribution to our campaign and yarn reward would be a fabulous and unique gift for the fibre-loving mom/mum/mother-figure in your life! Please contact us if you need help making a gift contribution.
Please share our campaign widely with your fibre arts and yarny friends - perhaps your local fibre arts group or guild might like to come together to make a contribution. As they say, "many hands make light work"!
Thank you again for your ongoing support of our dream to process locally-grown wool and alpaca fibre into yarn on the NSW Central Coast!
Wishing you hours of joyful creativity -
Clare & Paul
Good Morning Everyone! Thank you so much for all your generous support for our campaign so far! With your help, we have raised more than $12,000 towards our goal of $20,000 to help us get our new-to-us milling equipment set up in our shed. We are so grateful to everyone who has shared our story, contributed financially to our campaign and have supported us through this process so far.
This morning, the concrete is going in on our shed extension - something that is possible because of all of your support. We will be working on putting up the frame for the shed extension this weekend and early next week. If everything goes according to plan, we should be ready to have the machinery shipped here from its current home in Melbourne within a couple of weeks.
Please continue to share our campaign and story with your friends and others in your community, espcially with your local craft groups and guilds. Every little bit helps as we continue towards our goal.
With gratitude -
Clare and Paul