Looking for the perfect gift for a fiber-minded friend or family member? Need something to bring to your guild’s gift exchange? We’ve got you covered with this year’s Gift Guide, easily sorted into five different categories. Click on an item’s name in blue to be taken directly to that item’s page.
Hot New Tools – This season’s best sellers are game changers in the world of fiber prep
Lock Pop – Both a versatile stand alone fiber preparation tool and a great tool to pop open a lock before carding or combing. While it may pop locks, it won’t bust your budget at just $105.
Diz Pack – Released just this month, the Diz Pack allows the user to remove 7 different sizes of carded sliver (roving) from a drum carder. At $78, this little box ‘o dizzes will put a big smile on any fiber artist’s face.
Stocking Stuffers – Small sized, relatively inexpensive gifts to plump up your loved one’s stocking.
Flicker – A versatile fiber prep tool that is a welcome addition to any fiber artist’s arsenal. These are $29 in the standard Alder Back with Maple Handle, but also available in Cherry, Walnut, Purpleheart, and Padauk at $38-54.
2/3 Yard Niddy Noddy – This pocket-sized, $26 niddy noddy is great for workshops and retreats.
Spinning Wheel Oil – A small investment – $9 for a one ounce bottle – can save hours of frustration and extend the life of any spinning wheel.
Unicorn Power Scour/Fiber Wash/Fiber Rinse – The 4 oz. bottles range from $4.10 to $5.10 and are excellent stain removers in addition to their fleece cleaning abilities.
For Somone on the “Nice” List – If you’re one of Santa’s Elves this year, putting one of these under the tree will surely land you on next year’s “Nice” list.
Good Clean Fiber Club Subscription – Have you overheard a friend or loved one lamenting the process of skirting and washing dirty, greasy fleece? Give the gift of 4 ounces of clean, washed, premium fleece delivered four times a year for as little as $14 per month.
Blending Board – The ultimate woolen fiber prep tool comes in Cherry at $280 as well as Walnut, Ash, Purpleheart, and Padauk at $340-$370.
When You are on the “Naughty” List – Did you forget an anniversary or birthday this year? While we also suggest throwing in a foot rub or two, these might at least get you from the doghouse to the downstairs couch.
Standard Series Drum Carder – These no-frills workhorses are easy on the budget ($590-$790) and on fiber.
Elite Series Drum Carders – The top of the line carders made anywhere in the world come with a full set of tools to process any type of fiber. At $1225, the Elite Convertible is a hand crank unit that can later be converted to Electric Drive; at $2345, the Crankless has a built-in motor for hands-free and enjoyable carding for hours on end.
The gift of wool – While these can’t be ordered direct through us, we recommend each of these Northern California, woman-owned businesses.
GynnaMade – Socks made on an antique circular sock machine by Roy’s wife, Gynna. From commercial to indie dyed to locally sourced yarn, there’s a pair of custom knit socks to fit your gifting budget.
Northern California Fibershed Marketplace – This recently-launched website has everything from clothing to housewares so you can give the gift of wool to friends and family who aren’t fiber artists.
Meridian Jacobs – Fiber, yarn, and finished goods from our favorite local shepherdess.
Sincere Sheep – Simply put, Brooke is one of the most talented indie dyers we know – and the only one that works entirely with natural dyes! She also sources her own Cormo fiber and has it custom spun, as opposed to most “buy it and dye it” operations.
Fiber Circle Studio – Alisha is organizing an amazing, immersive textile experience in Cusco, Peru in March 2020! The 7 day retreat includes several workshops in the Quechua communities learning spinning, natural dyeing and backstrap weaving. You’ll go home with naturally dyed yarn, a skein of handspun, plus a woven wall hanging – all made by you! No experience is required. The trip includes all meals, accommodations and transportation once in Peru. Head over to her website for more details, and send her a message if you have any questions!