How to Weigh Your Fibre:
by Rainie Williams of The Unusual Pear + Co-host of FibreShare
Find yourself some trusty digital scales. You may have some scales in your kitchen that you would usually use for cooking (just ensure they are clean before you use them), this is what I use to weigh my fibre at home and what I will be using to guide you through these steps! The scales you use must be able to show grams rather than/as well as kilograms or ounces.
1. Place your scales on a level surface to ensure a correct reading.
2. Press the “mode” button until you see the letter “g” (which stands for grams) next to the numbers on your scales.
3. Place a clean bowl on top of the scales and set your scales back to zero by pressing the “tare” button – the current reading should say 0.00g or 0g.
4. Place the fibre inside the bowl to measure the total weight.
5. Keep adding fibre until the number on the scales reaches a minimum of 200g and then keep adding fibre to your generous hearts content!
If you follow these steps you will have the correct reading of the total weight of the fibre you are sending. Slide through the photos below for a step by step picture guide.Please, please, please ensure there is a minimum of 200g of fibre that you are sending to your partner. Anything less, and you risk having your partner disappointed with their package, plus a possible ban from participating in future FibreShares, which we definitely don’t want to happen!
If you don’t have scales you can use at home or borrow from a friend – you may have to take a trip to your local post office (before you intend on sending the package) where they will have a set of scales that they should be able to let you use to find out the weight of your fibre.
How to Ship Your Fibre
by Rainie Williams of The Unusual Pear + Co-host of FibreShare
Okay guys now that you’ve had a lesson on weighing fibre, we’re now going to give you some tips and reminders about shipping your FibreShare package!
1. One of the requirements for sending your FibreShare package to your partner is that you must send a minimum of 200g of fibre. This is 200g of fibre that your partner can work their craft with, and doesn’t include the packaging or any other goodies you might want to surprise your partner with.
2. The deadline for shipping your package is communicated via email, Instagram posts, and it’s also listed on our home page. You’ve got about a month and a half to send your partners goodies to them, so this date is super important to stick to in order for your partner to get their package within the timeframe.
3. A good way to save on postage fees is to use a parcel bag – they usually don’t weigh as much as a box, which can bring the cost of postage down.
4. If you’re sending your partner something extra special then you may want to either wrap it in bubble wrap before putting it in the parcel or try using a box! It may bring your postage cost up slightly but that’s better than having your special something damaged in transit.
5. It’s not a requirement that you include tracking when you send your parcel although it is highly recommended. By including a tracking number, you and your partner are able to see where the parcel is and your partner will know when to look out for the postie! It will also help locate your package if it happens to go missing in transit.
Good luck everyone! Please don’t hesitate to ask us any further questions on this topic via our contact page or by sending us a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Choose Fabulous Yarns and Fibres
Once you’ve received your partner matching email and introduced yourself to your partner on Instagram, it’s time to start collecting fibre. That’s the best part! We try our best to match everyone with people who practice similar fibre crafts, but it’s always helpful to look through your partner’s Instagram feed and do some extra sleuthing to learn about her/his aesthetic + fibre preferences. Here are some inspirational example packages curated by a few FibreShare participants!
Example Package for Weavers
By Michelle Chesson of Roving Handmade Textiles
We are so in love with this example package by Michelle Chesson! She’s got a great eye for color and texture here, and we really dig how she’s included lots of handspun and hand dyed yarns. She said she also added:
Some of my fave yarn from my stash, a rope bangle I made, a weaving comb made by my Dad, a long tapestry needle and a cute card with a little note and details of the package.
The package includes:
Yarn by Anne Choi | A little Teapot Designs (You may remember seeing her featured as a Monday Maker here.)
Yarn by Serene Fibre Arts (You may remember seeing her featured as a Monday Maker here.)
Yarn by Ugly Hank (You may remember seeing her featured as a Monday Maker here.)
Unicorn Tails from Madeline Tosh:
Beads from AbsolutSupplies
Recycled Sari Silk from Spin Up Yarns
Of course, we recommend you swing by Michelle’s own shop as well. She’s got some handcrafted weaving supplies which any FibreShare weaver would be thrilled to receive! *hint hint!* Visit Michelle’s shop here:
Example Package for Knitters
By Jennifer Kelley Sadler of Jaykay Knits
This FibreShare example package is just so dreamy! It was assemble by Jennifer Kelley Sadler, who is a super talented knitter and blogger. We especially love how she included so many personal touches, including handmade items, locally sourced yarn, little extra gifts, and vintage odds and ends. The contents are:
A 100 g skein of 100% wool dyed naturally with ivy leaves
A 100 g skein of 100% alpaca from a local Western NC alpaca farm
A vintage doily with vintage wooden sewing spools
A little notebook
A handmade card
Namaste brand tape measure
Wooden & clay buttons
It’s clear that this collection really embodies the spirit of FibreShare, as it focuses on giving and thoughtfulness. Here’s what Jennifer had to say about her choices:
I’m guilty of collecting little notebooks for scribbling down notes while knitting, and a lot of them go unused. Something like this would be perfect to pass along to a knitter for jotting down notes, or sketching out designs. The handmade card is just a sweet added touch – who better to appreciate handmade things than a maker? The tape measure is the perfect size to toss into a knitting bag so you have one with you all the time. Lovely, unique buttons are a great addition to the swap package because they’re fun notions, and can add a lot to a knitting project. The two on the top and the two on the bottom came from Michaels, but the one in the middle is handmade and was purchased on Etsy from a shop called Field Hands.
The yarn on the left is a 100g skein of 100% wool that I dyed naturally with ivy leaves. I think it’s fun to include yarn that your partner may not be able to find at their LYS or online – it makes the swap more unique! The yarn on the right is a 100g skein of 100% alpaca from a local alpaca farm here in Asheville. It’s fun to look for fiber that’s unique to your area, or that says something about where you’re from. I’m fortunate to live somewhere where there is an abundance of fiber farms and a local fiber mill, which I realize everyone isn’t, but I still think it’s fun ;) My local fiber mill has an online shop: Eco View Shop.
And finally, this vintage doily is something I picked up at some point in a thrift store and wasn’t using, and same for the vintage wooden spools. I picked up a huge garbage bag of them for just a few dollars! I also view this swap as a way to go through some of the stuff I already own and take a look at what I’m not using. It’s a good way to share the love ;) These would be perfect to wrap yarn around and use while knitting colorwork – especially intarsia. They’re also just neat to have and can be used for some decor.
Hopefully Jennifer’s wonderful package is inspiring to you as you collect items for your FibreShare partner! We totally recommend that you follow Jennifer’s beautiful knitting adventures here:
Example Package for Spinners
By Melanie of Bakewell Hearts
We love the variety of fluffy textures in this collection by Melanie of Bakewell Hearts! But we especially enjoy how much of her own stash made it into this example package for spinners. Melanie has a gorgeous shop filled with rolags, art bats, etc., and what’s better than sending your partner something that you made from scratch?! She also included:
Raw alpaca, some of my handspun and some hand dyed locks, bought yarn and pencil roving, some tea and a card.
If you’re looking for a great place to source some yummy fibre, we recommend you swing by Melanie’s shop. Here’s where you can find her:
Example Package for Crocheters
by Ioana van Deurzen of Moeke Yarns
All we can say is, “WOW!” This example share package by Ioana van Deurzen of Moeke Yarns is the epitome of love, generosity, and kindness. This package is a great reminder that you can (and should!) include some fiber gems from your own collection. And we also really dig her color coordination! Here’s Ioana’s explanation about what’s included:
I thought to make a color coordinated package, and the theme was red. The big skein comes from Australia, from a very friendly and nature oriented business called Timber and Twine. It is a pure merino yarn dyed with plants. The other yarns in the package come from my own stash.
I also included a piece that was crocheted by one of my grandmothers. She was a gifted crocheter and I saved lots of her work with the idea to deconstruct and maybe use the motifs. This piece made in wool could be the building block of a beautiful blanket.
Next I included some “Made by…” labels – I love the idea of proudly showing to everyone who was the creator of a beautiful piece of handmade work. Some bamboo crochet hooks and a self made card storing a personal note for the receiver of this package complete the gift.
We hope this has been inspirational to you as you curate a share package for your own partner! But if you want some more inspiration, we recommend you check out Ioana’s stunning Instagram feed and website: