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Episode 11: Local Color Fiber Studio & Chris Barnes – Natural dye farming, partnerships, domestic production and sustainability

February 10, 2015

I’m very excited to share the eleventh episode of the Woolful podcast. Today we get to meet two special fiber industry companies, and the folks that make them what they are…Emily Tzeng and Tatyana Vashchenko of Local Color Fiber Studio and Chris Barnes of Brittany.

tolt yarn and wool logo

Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Tolt Yarn and Wool, my favorite yarn shop. In 2013, Anna Dianich opened Tolt Yarn and Wool. a local yarn shop in Carnation Washington. Most recently she launched an online shop, full of yarns each with their own story and each handpicked by Anna. You couldn’t ask for more soul when it comes to a yarn shop. Visit

tolt yarn and wool

Fiber folk 1: Emily and Tatyana are two natural dyers, farmers, business partners and makers who created the wonderful company, Local Color Fiber Studio. Together they’ve been discovering and building a sustainable business and process around natural dyeing and raising Finn sheep. You can find them at and on Instagram @localcolorfiberstudio


Man on the street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked a handful of fiber enthusiasts to answer the following question, “What other types of things outside fiber crafts, do you enjoy making?” We had some amazing replies from Carly @porcupineology, Nikki @woolenviolet, Amber @dapperewe, Maria @ninja.chickens and Sam @samanthamaylamb .

Fiber folk 2: I was introduced to our next guest via a listener and was excited to learn that they are one of the only, if not the only US manufacturer of wood knitting needles and crochet hooks. Chris Barnes and his wife Michri have carried on a family legacy and business, while focusing on creating a nimble and sustainable operation. The heart and passion they put into making a quality product and a satisfied customer is so very evident. You can find them online at and on Facebook at

brittany needles

Giveaway: The winner of last week’s giveaway is…Brienne Moody! Congratulations, you’ve won a special naturally dyed mini skein pack from Southern Textiles.

This giveaway this week is sponsored by Brittany, and we’re giving away a pair of their beautiful wood knitting needles along with their brand new needle wax, which helps maintain the finish and slickness of your wooden needles. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below.


I wanted to bring your attention to an important event, Grazing for Change, taking place at Chico State on Feb 27th and 28th. Grazing for Change is an essential event for farmers and ranchers seeking new tools and practices to cope with drought, rising costs of production, and pasture availability. Small scale and urban farmers, consumers, students and anyone working to make sustainable decisions in their lives will benefit. It is hosted by Chico State University College of Agriculture, the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management and the Savory Institute. This conference is a great way to connect with a crowd dedicated to and passionate about local food, farming and ranching culture and regenerative agriculture. You can find more info at

Music by Jónsi.


Transcription coming shortly!