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:
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.