Our newest Featured Maker is a master of soft colors and fluffy textures. Meet Tiffani Ortiz: the indie dyer of Wool and Wander! We are delighted to have her on the blog today and look forward to seeing her business blossom in the new year. Read on for Tiffani’s interview, and we recommend you also give her a follow on Instagram (@woolandwanderyarns). She’s such a ray of sunshine!
Tell us about who you are and what you make/sell!
I hand die all sorts of yummy fibers and yarns in small batches.
Where do you work? From home? Do you have a studio space?
I currently work from home, I hope to one day have a space dedicated to all the fiber goodness I can handle!
How/when did you fall in love with the yarn world? Did someone teach you, or are you self-taught?
I’m a self-taught knitter. Through the hobby, I’ve met so many other wonderful knitters, spinners and the fibers they love to use. Then when I found there were colors I wanted but couldn’t find, I decided to start dyeing and wallah!
Where can we shop for your products?
What are some of your favorite materials/tools?
My favorite yarns to dye are the squishiest ones. The softest and the fuzziest. Alpaca and Angora are current obsessions! I love single ply yarns of all sizes, handspun fibers are definitely my most favorite because they are created by hand from start to finish and the finished products are guaranteed to be full of love.
What are your other hobbies?
Knitting of course. I also enjoy weaving. Occasionally one of my pieces will end up in the shop. 🙂
What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever made and then sold/given/traded?
I’m not sure I can choose a favorite. The more the recipient loves the item, the more I love it too.
Do you have any fibre-crushes? People who inspire you?
I love the woven landscapes from @shadbayweaving. I’m just stalking for the perfect color combo to pop up from her and I’ll be snatching one! I also envy anyone who brioche knits. That will be my next skill to tackle!
Any new skills/products you’re excited to be developing right now?
I’m very excited to be moving from being a knitter to dyeing and providing yarns for fellow yarnies who get just as excited about my products as I do. I’ve also just recently purchased my first spinning wheel and am learning to spin my own yarns. It’s been a long time dream and I am in fibre heaven!!