I have a special treat this weekend: a new-to-me (and you!) indie dyer, Cheryl Fjermedal, of Two Frenchie Fibers! I found Cheryl through Instagram and have been enjoying her recent Etsy launch–so many colors and such cute dogs (their names are Daisy May and Rosey Bell, in case you’re wondering) . . . how could I resist? Luckily for me, Cheryl took some time for an interview (the results are below). I am also excited that Cheryl offered a giveaway to my readers and watchers. More on that in an upcoming YouTube podcast episode: yarn and stitch markers! But first, some adorable images of pups AND yarn! And a fun conversation with Cheryl.
Q: I know you have two adorable french bulldogs . . . but is there more to the origin story of your shop? Where did the inspiration for Two Frenchie Fibers come from?
A: The origin of Two Frenchie Fibers is the natural next step in my fiber art passion. I have been mulling this idea around in my head for about two years now. I get so inspired by places I have gone, people I’ve met, and things I have done. I am compelled to tell a story with the yarns I dye. I want each skein to transport you to another time and place. Also, I have the cutest French bulldogs in the whole world! Daisy May and Rosey Bell. They love to “help”! LOL, not so much.
Q: What’s special about the yarn bases you feature?
A: The yarn bases I use are 100% made in America. I purchase yarns from small, to medium sized business owners, who have excellent reputations in the industry. I will often buy several samples from my suppliers to experiment how each base takes the dye. This can be super helpful when dying in larger batches. I have a soft, plump sock base. I feature a 2 ply stellina. And also a very cushy worsted. All bases are merino/nylon blends. Currently, I’m looking for the perfect BFL/nylon base. (My favorite breed) I hope to try many different breeds in the future.
Q: Who are your biggest crafting influences/inspirations?
A: My biggest crafting inspiration is my beautiful mom. Her name is Cheri. She passed away in April 2018, after her battle against breast cancer. My sister and I grew up in the sport of figure skating. My mom sewed all of our ice skating dresses. Her talent was certainly under appreciated back then. My mom spent many nights working into the early morning hours making her own patterns, sewing on her sewing machine, gluing rhinestones, etc. She worked tirelessly at her job, then came home and sewed all night for my sister and I. Not only was she excellent at garment construction, but she was an amazing quilter! Her quilts were just gorgeous. I treasure the quilts my mom made for me. She was the person that truly made me appreciate how special a handmade gift is. She gave me this drive inside to always be creative and never give up on my dreams. I want to make her proud.
Q: How do you decide on colorways?
A: I get very inspired by places I’ve been. Most recently being Hawaii. The blue water, the turquoise waterfalls, the sunsets, the wildlife, the culture of native Hawaiians.… UGH it’s so beautiful! I am also a space nerd. I feel very inspired by constellations, the night sky, thinking about what’s beyond what we can see with our own eyes… People often forget to look up and realize there is so much more out there. I even remind myself to do this. The swirling blues, pinks, purples… I’m obsessed! I like to think that my color ways will give my customers inspiration for their next project.
Q: Any advice for new dyers?
A: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques. Don’t be afraid to just mix some dye and throw it on some yarn! Some of my best colorways come from just opening some dye and chucking it in the dye pot. Even if you don’t necessarily love the result, some one else will! That’s what makes hand dyed yarn so fun. You can’t mess it up. Be fearless and just go for it!
Q: Where can folks find your shop? or find out more about you?
Q: What’s new on the horizon for your shop?
A: Definitely new yarn bases. That’s one of my biggest goals. Bigger variety. I am making mini skein sets, which will be a permanent addition to the store. I am hand making swarovsky crystal stitch marker sets, which will be in the shop also. I would LOVE to start a monthly yarn club as well. I’m thinking about ideas for that right now.
Thanks so much, Cheryl, for sharing your yarn and stories with us! I love meeting new people (and sheep!): if you are an indie dyer, a hand spinner, a shepherdess, a small flock owner, a mill operator, or a wool trader, I would love to feature your work on this site. Please get in touch via email or Ravelry by clicking the “About” tab (above) Happy knitting! 🙂