$25 “Envirobatts” giveaway & review of repurposed fiber “international”


Heather of “Envirobatts” sent me a hank of lovely fiber to review and it is soft in pretty variegated colors and you would never know it was up-cycled from textile waste. I love the roving in Heather shop the colors are stunning. She is awarding one of our spinners or felters a $25 gift code to spend at her ETSY shop “Ottawa Valley Fiber Arts “ so you can select just what suits your craft; they have everything you need  to spin, felt, knit, and crochet.  I wet felted a tiny little egg and it worked up nicely. In the following you can read all about Heather’s aspirations for “Envirobatts”!  To enter please go to one of the links below and tell her what you like about her idea and come back here and in the comment area tell Heather what your thoughts are on “Envirobatts” fibers!   It looks like a first-rate up-cycling idea from textile waste.  This giveaway will run from March 3, 2013 through March 11, 2013.  Enter today.

“Ottawa Valley Fiber Arts (OVFA) is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Created in 2010 during a particularly difficult time in her day job, Heather found that building her passion in her spare time gave her more energy for everything else in her life. She started the Canadian Fiber Box project, which brings together different fiber producers and artists four times a year to subscribers across Canada. Canada has many fiber producers – from sheep to llamas and alpacas to bison and muskox. We also have many talented fiber artists who prepare and dye fiber for spinning. The Canadian Fiber Box lets folks “get to know Canadian fiber.”  In 2013, OVFA is working to start up a new product line called Envirobatts.

Envirobatts are spinning fibers that are handcrafted from perfectly good textile waste that would otherwise be thrown out. Large textile mills don’t have an incentive to reprocess this perfectly good fiber, but it is perfect for a small, artisan business like Ottawa Valley Fiber Arts. The mill ends are mostly wool, but also include alpaca, cashmere, silk, soy, bamboo, and nylon. A lot of mill ends are natural colored wool, so Heather dyes these with eco-friendly dyes by Greener Shades before carding them into envirobatts. Because Heather is on well water, it is very important to her that she doesn’t use dyes with heavy metals in them.  Right now Heather is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds to purchase a large, motorized drum carder, and to date, over 49 people have contributed to funding the project. If you want to support the Envirobatts campaign, you can choose from a variety of perks including your own Envirobatts or handspun yarn! The campaign runs until March 11.

You can read more here at the Indiegogo site:  http://www.indiegogo.com/envirobatts/x/2092476

Stay up to date with Ottawa Valley Fiber Arts and Heather’s sheepy escapades at the OVFA blog here: http://ottawavalleyfiberarts.blogspot.ca/

If you’d like to shop for a “learn to spin kit”, a spinning wheel or other fiber goodies, you can visit the OVFA shop here:

http://www.shop.ottawavalleyfiberarts.ca/  Etsy: http://www.ottawavalleyfiberart.etsy.com/

Heather is a mother of three loves statistics and lives in a log house.  She is crazy about sheep, her two cats and, of course, her husband. Owner of Ottawa Valley Fiber Arts and creator of Envirobatts, fibers arts are her passion.


  1. Kylie C says

    I remember when my grandmother was looking into raising alpacas about 15 years ago and one of the main issues was getting the mills to buy fleece from small farmers. There is so much waste when you super-size a system even though it may be more efficient/inexpensive overall. I’m glad to see that someone is taking this “waste” and turning it into a treasure for crafters!

  2. Susan says

    It is so exciting to know that I can buy fibre ‘that does no harm’. it is a great idea to take waste and make such beautiful things.

  3. Siaron says

    I recently started felting using a fleece from a friend’s sheep flock and quickly got hooked! I have been knitting and spinning for years (and keeping sheep in the past) but felting has opened a whole new world for me which I would love to explore some more.

  4. usairdoll says

    How wonderful what Heather is doing. My Mom is an excellent knitter and has done some spinning as well. I’m happy that my Mom passed on her love of knitting, crocheting and all things fibers. Wishing Heather all the best and tons of Success!

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  5. Jaan L of Tx says

    We all are doing our best to waste less. The idea of using waste from a factory is amazing. I have just started diving into spinning/weaving, so knowing your products are available makes me so happy. Thanks a million

  6. Penny says

    I am new to wet felting. I make handmade soap and wanted to learn the art to add to my soap. I found that I cannot afford the wool so I think the idea of spinning fibers from perfectly good textile waste is an awesome plan. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Blessings to All!

  7. says

    I had never thought about the waste before. But it makes total sense. This is a great thing she is doing. I will be ordering from her for sure.

  8. Tracey says

    Beautiful yarns! I looked through your etsy shop and was impressed by your selection. Ps: does recycled yarn count as stash?

  9. Noelle Nastari says

    I love the fact that she is conscientious about all the areas of the fiber production- careful with water, dyes and keeping fibers from the trash! It’s awesome that she is able to come up with a beautiful product that stands for something good!

  10. Ginger Benedict says

    Thank you Craft Gossip for bringing this shop to my attention. (I get so much info from your newsletter everyday) I have been recycling, upcycling wool objects for awhile now, so it does my heart good to see someone else taking the bull by the horns also.

  11. says

    I love Heather’s fibers. So inspiring. I particularly like Northern Lights Dyed 8 oz Set A. Lots of inspiration for my use of my Simplicity felting machine.

  12. Jane S. says

    This is such a great idea! People throw out way too much stuff, so I’m happy to see that textile waste is being used to create fiber for us to spin and felt with. :)

  13. Patricia says

    I recently began recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters. We live in a wasteful society and anything that reuses is a great idea!

  14. Heather says

    I think what youa re doing is terrific. The colors you produce are wonderful as well.

  15. Marija says

    I just took my first nuno felting class and am hooked. Can’t wait to learn more and try more!

  16. Summer says

    I have been trying to talk my father in law into buying some alpaca so I can use the fiber. Mom is all for it :) I love felting projects, they are so forgiving.

  17. Kim Reid says

    So wonderful that waste can be recycled into beautiful fiber! I love to unravel cotton sweaters and knit or crochet dishcloths which I can use.

  18. Mary Moore says

    This is an idea that need supporting. I am going to bookmark her selling site.

  19. Leslie says

    I love the idea of using up bits of fiber that would normally go to waste, and making something so beautiful as the result.

  20. Stacey B. says

    This is awesome; what a great idea; a win win! The batts are so lovely! I love to be able to recycle all that I can too.

  21. smfsprout says

    I am in awe of the idea and the finished process. I would love to have some of the spun yarn since I do not spin myself.

  22. lindaran says

    I love that Heather has found a way to upcycle what otherwise would be waste. I’d love to spin and felt some of her Envirobatts! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  23. says

    I think it’s really cool and would love to try making something with that! (: I think it’s really amazing for Heather to hand spun those. The colours are really neat too!

  24. Dinonut says

    This would be wonderful to win for my daughter and granddaughter. They love felting and spinning and are very environmetally conscious so this giveaway is perfectly made for them!

  25. OHSue says

    I would love to show this off to my fellow spinners, the colors are so bright. I could see spinning some yarn for a scarf or cowl for a pop of color with a winter coat.

  26. Stephanie Hastie says

    i think that this is a great idea. I also enjoyed poking around on the links you posted!

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