Fiber Snack: New Hue Handspuns

Introducing another supplier of our fiber snacks packed along with each mailed spindle to help you get acquainted:

Cheryl Newhouse the dyer of New Hue Handspuns

Cheryl’s booth at Sock Summit ’09 shared a back wall curtain with our booth, both on isle corners. It wasn’t long before we struck up conversations with her trading vendor ideas and enjoying her humor. The presentation of her open fibers with their lovely colorways was unique and eye-catching, as was the fact that she carried on conversations while never missing a flick of her hands as she spun away with her e-spinner. At the end of SS I came home with one of her rolls to spin for myself and was impressed by how easily the open, lofty fibers spun. It wasn’t long before Cheryl agreed to supplying some fiber for our spindles.

I love spinning Cheryl’s non-compressed, non-felted, easy to spin fiber which flows through my fingers.

Below is Cheryl’s story in her own words:

“My dyeing story started 18 years ago as a Spinner not a Dyer! I never planned to be a dyer, spinning was my passion.  I was finally forced into dyeing when I could not find dyed fiber in large enough lots.  It didn’t take too many dye pots before I was hooked.  Before long other spinners were asking for my fiber and I had to retract my words and admit I am a spinner and a dyer, and started selling my hand painted fiber.  I have never taken any classes on dyeing or working with color.  When I was 12 I started working for my mother in her craft stores which included a lot of painting, so I was exposed to, and working with, color at a young age.  I can’t clearly explain the technical side of color, or explain just how a color wheel works.  I simply see what colors are around me and recreate them on fiber.  My favorite dyeing challenge is to be given a picture and create a colorway that imitates the picture. (Confetti Mask is one such colorway.)

The most asked question I get regarding my fiber is “Why is your fiber sold in 3 oz rolls?”  When I answer, “Because that is how long my dining room table is”  people look puzzled until I explain that I do all my dyeing on my dining room table.  Their next question usually is “how do I get such an understanding family????” I just laugh and agree that I am lucky.”

As a passionate spinner Cheryl has participated the past three years in Spinzilla. Last year she spun a whopping 36,438 yards in one week! It pays to use fiber that has been gently dyed and handled with care.
NewHueHandspunfibersWe hope you’ll love spinning Cheryl’s fibers as much as I do!

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Eight Swans will be added to the Store next Tuesday. Preview pictures will be posted here by Monday.  Unlike the past few years, when we stopped online sales in April, this year we’re hoping to be able to continue to put some spindles in the Store every week in order to meet ongoing living expenses.

It’s that time of the year when we must scale back on putting spindles in the online store. Starting in November we set aside some spindles from each batch that Ed makes to in order to have enough stock for the next year’s show. Even with that long head start when we reach April it’s time to concentrate on show stock.

 

6 Comments


  1. Some of Cheryl’s fiber arrived with my Aegean and I ordered more within a week. It’s delightful to spin with and I love the colors. Thanks for sharing Cheryl’s story.


    1. Delighted that you loved spinning Cheryl’s fibers.


  2. Wanda, will you be at Black Sheep Gathering? I am going for the first time this year and would love to shop “in person” if you will be there.


    1. Terrific! Yes, we’ll be there; our booth space will be G 8 & 9. See you in June!


  3. Cheryl’s fibers are glorious! The colors are so beautiful and a joy to spin. I had to laugh as I can relate to her dining room table story. When people ask us where our “fiber studio” is and also where our “farm store” is, we reply, “that would be the dining room”. And the fiber drying area is next to the wood stove in the living room. 🙂


    1. LOL, the kitchen table turns into our “store” too. Ed’s rough-cut blanks get dried above the woodshop or kitchen wood stove.

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