I love sharing insights in to the craft world and in particular Indie Dyers and Designers stories on the blog. I think it’s important to get to know the people behind those luxurious hand dyed yarns we all covet. Today on the blog I want to introduce you all to Fiona of Green Elephant Yarn. Readers, you may remember her from the Irish Love Collection a collaboration with Mina Loves Designs in which Fiona dyed her favourite colour on a beautiful merino sock base. You may also know Fiona as part of the Irish Dye Junkies on Facebook so I thought we could invite Fiona to tell us a little more about herself.
Hello! I’m Fiona, the lady behind Green Elephant Yarn. I am a yarn and knitting addict and its a fab community to be a part of. I am based in Waterford, not far from the City. I have a little home office where I stash all my yarn and plan my colourways! I dye all Green Elephant Yarn in my kitchen but hope to build a studio beside our house in the near future. I spend most of my time looking after my two little girls but manage to fit in some craft time when I’m allowed.
What does running a creative business mean to you?
It means putting a lot of yourself into the business which I think reaps the best rewards. If I didn’t love what I was doing then I think you’d be able to see that in my product. I always want to keep the yarn I’ve dyed for myself and I think it should be that way. I love knitting and crochet too so being able to create things and seeing other people create amazing things with my yarn is a massive win for me.
Who knows? Hopefully, my amazing customers will continue to support me and I’ll keep doing my best to create yarn that people love!
The near future involves vending at a new yarn festival in Belfast called Yarnfolk this weekend. I’m currently up to my elbows in yarn 🙂
You can follow Fiona on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and if you want some of those delicious skeins in your hands you can find her website here. You can also find her yarn as part of the Irish Dye Junkie nights on Facebook here or in the following stores:
Winnies Craft Cafe – Dublin, Ireland
The Constant Knitter – Dublin, Ireland
The Baldy Sheep – Longford, Ireland
Thank you so much, Fiona for taking the time to come and meet us. Best of luck at Yarnfolk this weekend!