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Quit Your Day Job: SpinSpanSpun

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How did you originally get into the business of making things?
As a teenager, I used to buy vintage clothes and transform them.  I’m an awful seamstress, but I guess my love of crafting started with fabric and a homemade wardrobe.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
I’m a classics major and a teacher. I’ve always been a bit of a black sheep within the teaching community. I love my job but I hate the dramatic part of it. It’s so much role playing: the ideal person, a guide, an optimist, the kind teacher, the concerned adult or the severe disciplinarian. I’m not a morning person and being on stage every day at 8 a.m. is hard for me. Because I’m very demanding with my students, creating the good atmosphere and the right amount of structure for each student is exhausting!

I quit my job in Chicago because my teaching style didn’t mesh well with the school’s policies. Sometimes I’m a pretty rebellious character. My yarn business and my daughter were both born in Chicago. Creating yarns was so exciting, rewarding and positive. The people I met in the fiber community were open, kind, generous and witty, as compared to the stifling nature of my teaching job. The school was a cute but terribly unhappy little place for me. When things didn’t improve after my daughter was born, I refused to be an unhappy mother. Thankfully, my husband agreed so we packed up our things, put our American life behind us, and moved back to France to be closer to our families.

What steps did you take in transitioning to full time Etsy selling?
None! My decision to quit was quite fast. I knew I could count on making a minimum of $500 monthly. That’s a good place to start. It’s allowed me to put being a stay-at-home mom first.


What is your favorite part about the spinning process?
I can’t say that I love dyeing, but using my own hand-dyed fiber is my favorite part of the spinning process. I’m always curious to see how colours and shades will blend together. Sometimes I’m not very happy with how the colors look on the roving but, once spun, they turn out beautifully! I am quite addicted to the movements of spinning — it’s slow, quiet, peaceful, and meditative.

In your opinion, what benefits are there to buying hand-spun vs. commercial yarns?
They are totally different! When you buy hand-spun, you can touch another person’s work. Even if a buyer doesn’t realize the time I spent on their skein, I think they can feel the quality of the workmanship. As an indie dyer, I feel I should point out that every hand-dyed skein is completely unique. One could say that every skein is a piece of art. As a knitter, I perfectly understand the benefits of commercial yarn. Some are so beautiful, but hand-spun is a one of a kind gift. It’s something special you offer to yourself or you add to a project.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • Being a kind person helps a lot. I hope that the people who find me via Etsy, Facebook or Twitter think of me as a nice person.
  • Ravelry is a fantastic resource for people in the yarn business.
  • Making connections locally is also important.
  • People buy what they like, but they have to see it first. Renewing items regularly seems to increase interest.

What is your most popular item or line?
My funny flowers used to be very popular. Now there are a lot of other people offering similar items. I sell a good amount of organic yarn too, both commercially spun and hand-spun.

Any memorable custom requests?
I once had an order to spin 48 skeins and loved it. I’d love to sell mostly wholesale to local yarn stores.

What have you found to be unsuccessful promotion?
I paid for a lot of advertising on a couple of different sites, but I’m not sure it was worth the cost. I don’t have any other regrets, except that I miss Chicago. I find American knitters are more open to trying out unique artisan yarn.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Being a good mom, a good spinner, a good dyer, a good wife and a good business owner all at the same time. Not having a set schedule is wonderful, but sometimes I procrastinate. I have to be work hard to be self-disciplined and self-motivated.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Not spending all the money in my Paypal account on gifts for myself! I also find it impossible to resist all of the beauties on Etsy. Then there are all of the numbers and the paper work. Oh, and waiting at the post office makes me crazy!

Have you met any of the animals that supply your yarn from local farms?
Local farmers are raising sheep for their meat. Most of them have lost all interest in wool production. I’ve spun some wool from a local breed called the Caussenarde, but I would not spin it regularly. This summer I’m going to have a chance to meet the sheep that supply my merino yarn.  I’m organizing a big fiber festival July 9-10 in Sauliac sur Célé (Lot, France) and my favorite farmer will come with some of his flock. He lives in the French Alps and I haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet him in person.

What goals do you have in store for the future of Spin Span Spun and Athena’s Thread?
As of now, I’m happy with my situation. I sell everything I have the time to make. I’d love to increase my wholesale and bulk orders and see my yarn in the windows of upscale yarn stores around the globe. I’d love to travel, meet knitters and share my passion!

For the moment, we can’t live only on the money from SpinSpanSpun. I’m at a point where I can’t do a lot more by myself, and that’s why I’ve found a business partner. We will be launching some new products soon and maybe in a year or so we’ll be able to expand the business enough to live off of the profits.

We’re looking into French fiber sources, natural dying, sock yarn and kits. Both of us are passionate about supporting our local farmers.  We’re exploring all kinds of ways we can use local resources to make our products both unique and environmentally friendly. I’m also working locally to encourage farmers to consider raising animals for fiber. It’s my dream to become an ambassador for French wool. It would be a real personal accomplishment if SpinSpanSpun became synonymous with hand-spun yarn!

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?
Bykes
is one of my best friends from Chicago. She dyes beautiful greens, grays and blues and Nadinoo makes my dream wardrobe.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d like to add that Etsy changed my life. I think it changes lives everyday, especially the lives of women. It also made me more bold; I’m an introvert by nature, but I’m organizing a big fiber festival in France this summer.  It’s scheduled for July 9-10 in the Lot, the département where I live. It’s a spectacularly beautiful corner of France. I’m hoping that anyone who reads this interview, and is interested in coming will contact me. The French are just beginning to rediscover the joys of spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting etc. This festival is just what we need to fuel a crafting renaissance.

Thanks to Myrtille for sharing her story. You can see some of her work in the Seller’s Items below.

Previous Quit Your Day Job posts

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    Great article and products! Congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage says:

    I love your yarn, Your story, Your honesty, And I love ravelry

    3 years ago

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality says:

    Lovely story...spin away yarn lady! Ps..that big fiber festival in France sounds really awesome =)

    3 years ago

  • secdus

    secdus says:

    Great yarns and very emotional story!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • Gamut

    Gamut says:

    Your yarn is very beautiful. Sending good wishes that all of your dreams will manifest.

    3 years ago

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    Would love to see a video of your process!

    3 years ago

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver says:

    Beautiful yarns, great story. Good luck to you!

    3 years ago

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin says:

    Oh man!! Your yarn is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    3 years ago

  • grasshopperbk

    grasshopperbk says:

    Buying local, seeing where your supply of material comes from and ultimately the effort, time and enjoyment that people put in to handmade is a beautiful experience. Well done on a great feature on your work and gorgeous yarns.

    3 years ago

  • carramaus

    carramaus says:

    Beautiful article. Your dedication to your local farmers and your efforts to renew interest in an age-old craft is inspiring. Best of luck to you, and I hope your festival is more successful and fulfilling than you could even imagine!

    3 years ago

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague says:

    charming!

    3 years ago

  • TailsandSnouts

    TailsandSnouts says:

    oooooo, beautiful yarn!

    3 years ago

  • paulajeansgarden

    paulajeansgarden says:

    Thank you for sharing your story in such an honest and hopeful way. Good luck to you!

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Love your yarn! I'm a yarn-a-holic! Congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords says:

    Congratulations! Lovely feature and lovely yarn. Thanks for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto says:

    Wonderful article! Your talent will (and should) be missed here in Chicago and wish you much continued success in France! :)

    3 years ago

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG says:

    Love your yarns! So glad you do what you love!

    3 years ago

  • gingeraledesigns

    gingeraledesigns says:

    that main picture is breath-taking. you have lovely yarns, i wish i could knit :)

    3 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    This is beautiful! Your cover picture looks lovely. Those colors on the yarns are precious.

    3 years ago

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez says:

    Wow! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught says:

    Yummy,yummy yarn!!!!

    3 years ago

  • aequintan08

    aequintan08 says:

    Beautiful yarns! I'm a yarn-a-holic as well and it's so inspiring to see a fellow fiber enthusiast doing so well in business.

    3 years ago

  • jennybradley

    jennybradley says:

    I believe in doing what feels right. The part about not meshing with teaching and being able to recognize what fits with you is the sign of someone who pays attention to their own needs. We all need to do that more so we can truly thrive and offer our strengths to the world. Lovely getting to know about your process and experiences. Wishing you future success and would love to hear a recap after the festival!

    3 years ago

  • shop1848

    shop1848 says:

    Wonderful story! Gorgeous yarns!

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Congratulations! Lovely feature ! Thanks for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio says:

    Congrats on the feature!!! Wonderful story!

    3 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Beautiful feature! I don't knit or crochet or quilt. But I love yarn, and your yarn.

    3 years ago

  • AppleCharlotte

    AppleCharlotte says:

    I too am a spinner. I have never made a living off of it but it has made living so much better. The therapeutic benefits to the meditative nature of the spinning wheel were no secret to Ghandi. If everyone spun there would be no war. Thanks for this post!

    3 years ago

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen says:

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • funvites

    funvites says:

    Very Dynamic, both your story and your work. Love it!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    your yarns are really beautiful, good luck with your festival I hope it goes well!

    3 years ago

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters says:

    your photo looks like an oil painting. very nice. by the way;you must be a good teacher and mother to your child. love your story.

    3 years ago

  • erichale

    erichale says:

    Wow that's pretty wild! You have some incredible work! Very interesting. Grats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • elinart

    elinart says:

    Wow! Fantastic! :)

    3 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    Such an inspiring story, made me feel very warm and fuzzy! I love that you care so much about being a nice person. And I love your shop name!!!!

    3 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Love your yarns, the colors are very beautiful and soft, congratulations on your move back to France and doing what you love, and have a wonderful festival!

    3 years ago

  • PurpleBlossomStudio

    PurpleBlossomStudio says:

    This article thrilled me, I loved every part of it - I'm a rabid knitter, and have just been given my first wheel. I've only spun on spindles up to now. Your work is beautiful. I will be adding you to my favorites, and visiting often. Best of luck on the fiber festival!

    3 years ago

  • PleasantPeninsula

    PleasantPeninsula says:

    Lovely story and beautiful yarns! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli says:

    I feel your pain.....great story and good luck.

    3 years ago

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits says:

    Wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it. Your yarns are just beautiful, I love how each and everyone one is unique.

    3 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    Beautiful yarn! I've never worked with hand-spun yarn, but now I'm really curious. Thank you for sharing your story. :)

    3 years ago

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley says:

    Magnifique entrevue, très intéressant ! Bravo pour ta boutique et ton travail auprès des agriculteurs locaux qui devraient élever les animaux pour leur laine. Very interesting interview and congrats on your shop and your work with the local farmers to encourage them to raise farm animals for their wool : )

    3 years ago

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene says:

    Absolutely love your story, truly inspiring! Congrats and wish you continued success in everything you do! :)

    3 years ago

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage says:

    Wonderful!!!

    3 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    exquisite. new favorite. :)

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    What beautiful yarn!! AND you get to be at home with your daughter? Perfection!

    3 years ago

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion says:

    Amazing story! Good luck with your festival!

    3 years ago

  • 5orangepotatoes

    5orangepotatoes says:

    I love the comments about being a teacher and comparing it to acting and always "being on," I too was a teacher prior to my making my plush and what she said is so true. Lovely story, thanks for sharing her!

    3 years ago

  • josephinebrooke

    josephinebrooke says:

    This is a great post! I love the idea of spinning! At The Common Ground Fair every Sept. here in Maine, you can find at least 10 women spinning feverishly, with bunnies on their laps, and beautiful yarns lined up behind them. The photos in your story are SO beautiful! Best of luck to you! -jo at everydayjuju.blogspot.com

    3 years ago

  • lespetitescouleurs

    lespetitescouleurs says:

    Congrats miss! je suis tres contente de te retrouver ici & tes photos sont magnifiques!

    3 years ago

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket says:

    I'm in love with the look and colors of your hand spun yarn!!! Congratulations!!!

    3 years ago

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard says:

    Love your yarn! Great Story!

    3 years ago

  • happyfuzzyyarn

    happyfuzzyyarn says:

    So nice to see a spinner featured!

    3 years ago

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations says:

    Wonderful story!!! :)

    3 years ago

  • SpinSpanSpun

    SpinSpanSpun says:

    I'm moved by all your comments and so happy ! Thank you

    3 years ago

  • krisbsea

    krisbsea says:

    I love this article. I admire you for the move that you made when you were unhappy at your job - I love this pic as well/

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    amazing yarn colors. i absolutely love them!

    3 years ago

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage says:

    Your honesty is something to admire. And you make beautiful yarn!

    3 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth says:

    Wow, I really love your story, your craft and your beautiful photos. ♥

    3 years ago

  • StuckOnACloud

    StuckOnACloud says:

    Congrats!!

    3 years ago

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 says:

    I love your shop - the colors of the yarn are so beautiful! Congrats on your success.

    3 years ago

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals says:

    As a spinner myself I can attest to its meditative process. Beautiful shop you have!

    3 years ago

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta says:

    wait! the first picture is real!!? no photoshop there? hahaha it's dreamy!! <3 Thank you for sharing all your tips and honest thoughts, I needed to read the things you said :) great inspiration! I hope you keep having a big success with your shop and all your other roles :)

    3 years ago

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer says:

    Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery says:

    how wonderful! love your spinning wheel, love your yarn. great story. congrats on the success :)

    3 years ago

  • DeesumDesigns

    DeesumDesigns says:

    Great article! Your dyes are beautiful :)

    3 years ago

  • bowlabeau

    bowlabeau says:

    Beeaauutiful yarns. Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • ekra

    ekra says:

    Lovely work and thank you for sharing your story with us!

    3 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    love the old ways coming full circle. best of luck:)

    3 years ago

  • outofline

    outofline says:

    Love your story, great to see how passionate you are about your work! Best wishes and congrats:)

    3 years ago

  • areapparel

    areapparel says:

    LOVE! is all I can say! :D

    3 years ago

  • BettyBee

    BettyBee says:

    Living in France, spinning yarn, and making a great go of being a small business owner.... so fantastic!! Thank you for sharing your story. I hope to be able to purchase some of your lovely spun skeins soon :)

    3 years ago

  • moonlightforviolet

    moonlightforviolet says:

    Yes - I really appreciated your honesty in this piece. You've inspired me to dust off my spinning wheel and play for a while (at least until the next whim strikes) You're now in my favourites!

    3 years ago

  • GreatLakesSpinnery

    GreatLakesSpinnery says:

    One day I hope to share a similar story of my own. You are an absolute inspiration to all of us "Fibre fanatics" who dream of accomplishing something more. It's hard work, and I'll get there slowly but surely. It was such a treat to read this feature. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs says:

    Love your story and your yarn. Sounds like you have your life on track. Congrats on great article- you look very content in photo.

    3 years ago

  • crotchtalk

    crotchtalk says:

    Sigh... dreamy! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Hello from Chicago! Congrats on the festival. How exciting for you. I hope it's wonderful.

    3 years ago

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz says:

    Love your story!

    3 years ago

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz says:

    I wish you much success!

    3 years ago

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks says:

    Wicked yarn!

    3 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    Gorgeous work, and such an inspiring mission!

    3 years ago

  • MyraDillonStudio

    MyraDillonStudio says:

    What a wonderful story! Good luck with your endeavors!

    3 years ago

  • WingbornRavenJewelry

    WingbornRavenJewelry says:

    I've come to see the attraction of using locally spun, artisan yarn and yours is beautiful! Have yet to get into the spinning, ravelry side, but congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody says:

    Love, love, love your yarn! Thanks for sharing your story and look I forward to seeing your business grow.....good luck! :)

    3 years ago

  • cherylzmillerArt

    cherylzmillerArt says:

    Beautiful colors. I need to learn how to knit :)

    3 years ago

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore says:

    Very inspiring story, thank you for sharing your story with us. Beautiful yarn colors, best wishes for you! :)

    3 years ago

  • ArtPhotosDiana

    ArtPhotosDiana says:

    Inspiring story. Appreciate her honesty about teaching career. Lovely work. I'm working on starting a second etsy shop to sell my handwoven fabric, clothing and yarns (possibly). Great to learn about the ravelry resource. Encouraging report. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Sounds like you have some wonderful goals for the future. Wishing you continued success!

    3 years ago

  • TheOldRedHen

    TheOldRedHen says:

    So warm and heartfelt. Truly an Etsy success story! And very inspiring. All the best to you!

    3 years ago

  • RAWelding

    RAWelding says:

    Your work is beautiful, congrats on your success!

    3 years ago

  • CarriesCustomDesigns

    CarriesCustomDesigns says:

    Oh, how I love yarn! My business may be jewelry but fiber is my passion! The very best of all that is good to you and your family!! I hope to see your beautiful yarns in my local shop one day!!

    3 years ago

  • kimberleeannkreation

    kimberleeannkreation says:

    Best of luck with your fiber festival! I am sure it will be a great day for everyone involved!

    3 years ago

  • CrayonHall

    CrayonHall says:

    How beautiful. Congratulation on your success.

    3 years ago

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 says:

    Extremely inspiring, very envious of your boldness!

    3 years ago

  • OrotSavyon

    OrotSavyon says:

    great shop. I love your products

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    You have the most beautiful colors of yarn. Your story is inspiring! Continued success!

    3 years ago

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns says:

    Beautiful yarn! Best wishes to you.

    3 years ago

  • jardinsauvage

    jardinsauvage says:

    Quelle belle histoire. Congratulations. Your yarn is beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • BunnyInDisguise

    BunnyInDisguise says:

    Inspiring story! Hope the fiber festival goes well!

    3 years ago

  • ChayaGallery

    ChayaGallery says:

    Wonderful ! Good for you for doing what makes you happy. Your yarns look fantastic !

    3 years ago

  • MaBille

    MaBille says:

    My God...not only is it ever interesting, but ...THE PICTURE! We just want to be there working with you for the afternoon! Great work.Great spirit. Thanks for sharing. MaBille

    3 years ago

  • barefootininsc

    barefootininsc says:

    Wonderful story...thanks for telling it...so happy you love what you do!

    3 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Beautiful yarn, love your color combo's plus your shop is incredible. Super kewl wonderful you can stay home and do what you love. So true how etsy has changed your life and it's changed the lives of many, myself included. Wish you continued success in your business and creating for years n years to come... :)

    3 years ago

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu says:

    Congrats! Admire you for doing what you love. Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • ValerieGalloway

    ValerieGalloway says:

    Very inspiring-I can relate on many levels. Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture says:

    what a wonderful story! I just love hand dyed yarns and fabrics, you can create the most amazing colors and combinations of colors.

    3 years ago

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography says:

    Stunning stunning stunning! Bravo - wishing you much continued success :)

    3 years ago

  • 60SpriteGal

    60SpriteGal says:

    Yeah Myrtille!!!!!! Great story, great picture, great job! Is that my alpaca braid I spy in the photo hanging there? I'm very proud to be in your fiber club! Kathy

    3 years ago

  • creamarie

    creamarie says:

    Great job myrtille !!!

    3 years ago

  • lucietales

    lucietales says:

    Bravo! Etsy changes lives, I agree :) I'm one of the French who rediscover the joy of knitting, crocheting...I've never tried the handspun yarn yet but I will, your wonderful yarns are inviting :) Bonne chance pour ce festival!

    3 years ago

  • Melindamilkshake

    Melindamilkshake says:

    I just adore the photographs included in this article. They're so full of charm and personality. Thanks for the inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • ArtFeyStudio

    ArtFeyStudio says:

    Very inspirational story! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • WalnutWool

    WalnutWool says:

    Such a lovely story! I am in the felting biz, but understand the satisfaction that comes from starting out with raw wool, combing it, dying it and then watching it turn into something unique and beautiful! So glad so see someone creating such beautiful products and keeping the craft alive!

    3 years ago

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage says:

    beautiful yarns! thanks for sharing your story - wishing you much success! cheers!

    3 years ago

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts says:

    So inspiring. You story sounds both exotic and very down to earth. I love the connections to the land and to so many parts of your process--from dyeing to getting to know your French Alps farmers. In addition to art, we raise our own food and I make my own cheeses and bread from my neighbor's cows. I understand how time consuming the handmade process can be, but I love that you're sticking with it and trying to spread the word as an ambassador of French wool. Best of luck to you.

    3 years ago

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma says:

    So wonderful to read your story - so inspiring and of course especially interesting as a fiber enthusiast. Etsy is amazing - it has helped our family's dream come true.

    3 years ago

  • tiialin

    tiialin says:

    If I could, I would possibly clean out her shop!

    3 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    very impressive

    3 years ago

  • wayfaringmagnolia

    wayfaringmagnolia says:

    So inspiring! I want to move to France and just live....and of course eat amazing foods

    3 years ago

  • amntyler

    amntyler says:

    I LOVE your thoughts about teaching. So many people glorify teaching and are unable- or unwilling- to see the flaws and phoniness. Your honesty is refreshing and clearly reflected in your art/ work!

    3 years ago

  • Guitarpickman

    Guitarpickman says:

    Great story

    3 years ago

  • Jackwood

    Jackwood says:

    I enjoyed reading your story. I was surprised to read that spinning and yarn crafts aren't all that popular in France. You've given me encouragement to continue to try here on Etsy and do things to improve my shop and products! I love love love merino yarn!

    3 years ago

  • femmemechanics

    femmemechanics says:

    LOVE your story! I don't knit, but reading this and viewing your yarn inspires me to take it up. Keep up the great work!

    3 years ago

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts says:

    Thanks for the tip on Ravelry! I didn't know about that site.

    3 years ago

  • GardenPartyFibers

    GardenPartyFibers says:

    Very nice story! and life!! I do the same thing out here in eastern Washington state. There are lots of fiber wool growers here making it easy to have a local product. good luck, juaquetta

    3 years ago

  • 4Gdesigns

    4Gdesigns says:

    just liked your facebook page as Padded Hanger. much success to a hard working lady. thanks for the inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    Thank you for so openly sharing your story. The juggle of life is always an interesting one. Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    This is a wonderful story. It makes one motivated. Thanks Monica TheIDConnection

    3 years ago

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr says:

    Beautiful yarn :)

    3 years ago

  • weemiss

    weemiss says:

    I love your story, it's such an inspiration to hear your honest voice, especially when you spoke about working in schools. It's wonderful that you have found your passion and that you can share it with the world. I look forward to knitting something with your beautiful yarn!

    3 years ago

  • montanason61

    montanason61 says:

    You inspire me. I have been getting more and more into spinning. I am also a knitter. It would be a dream life for me to live in France and spin. It just sounds so calm and such a better way of life. I live in New York City where I'm the Assistant Supervisor of Men's Wardrobe. I love my job and life but would trade it all in for the chance to be in France and live a simpler way of life. Congratulations! Your yarns and color are wonderful. Thank You for sharing and I hope your dreams all come true.

    3 years ago

  • squarepaisleydesign

    squarepaisleydesign says:

    I love your yarn. Beautiful colors. If only could knit!

    3 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    It's so strange how local wools are decreasing in interest. In Australia we have the most beautiful wool, and there are so many who don't use it!

    3 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    Interesting article. Beautiful yarn. Festival sounds great, we had one at a local redone 19th century train station.

    3 years ago

  • SomedaySarah

    SomedaySarah says:

    Wonderful article! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • vKnit

    vKnit says:

    you make gorgeous yarn! i loved reading this :) xox

    3 years ago

  • TheLittleStitcher

    TheLittleStitcher says:

    I want your wheel!

    3 years ago

  • northcountryglass

    northcountryglass says:

    Very pretty yarn. I like the picture of you making yarn outdoors!

    3 years ago

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands says:

    Sweet article. Very inspiring. Wish you the best success.

    3 years ago

  • birdie1

    birdie1 says:

    Good for you for following your heart. You do beautiful work.

    3 years ago

  • NASchuttDesign

    NASchuttDesign says:

    You have such an amazing story! I love hearing people's success stories, especially when they are working with medium I absolutely love and started working on their dreams not so far from where I call home! Best of luck to you! Happy spinning!

    3 years ago

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels says:

    Great work, congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance says:

    beautiful interview told with honesty and passion. etsy changes lives, especially those of women - so true! and what gorgeous yarns, the hand-dyed colours and divine. thanks for sharing x

    3 years ago

  • donebydigits

    donebydigits says:

    Lovely yarns! I'm so inspired by this article. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • citizenK

    citizenK says:

    This was such an inspiring QYDJ article. As someone who is just beginning to learn to spin this article was very much of interest to me. Looks like you are living the dream! Best of luck -I'm off to drool over your lovely yarns.

    3 years ago

  • smalldailypaintings

    smalldailypaintings says:

    wow - where was that photo of you taken? great story, lovely yarns!

    3 years ago

  • newtocrochet

    newtocrochet says:

    chills! love your story : )

    3 years ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    A fantastically honest and touching article. Such very beautiful products too! I love the names (saffron and violets... drool!)

    3 years ago

  • authorsdaughter

    authorsdaughter says:

    Beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue says:

    beautiful. lovely interview, yarn and the first picture is amazing and really drew me in.

    3 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Great Article! Congrats on your success and being able to stay at home! ;)

    3 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    What a story! I'd love to pack up everything and move to France, how romantic. Best of luck and much success!!

    3 years ago

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage says:

    Beautiful yarns. Congrats to following your passion and making it work!

    3 years ago

  • Bonbaisersdeparis

    Bonbaisersdeparis says:

    Felicitations! Vos produits sont magnifiques! Being a French woman in the US , going through the same challenges with my job as you did, it is very inspiring to read your story. Bonne chance!

    3 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    It's so sweet and charming that you're going to meet the little Merinos who supply your yarn. There's one of the special beauties of handmade right there. All the best for your upcoming festival, bonne chance!

    3 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    WOW! you have a super inspiring story & amazing items! xoxoxxo

    3 years ago

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours says:

    That was a great story. Good luck with your festival this summer.

    3 years ago

  • Betruedesigns23

    Betruedesigns23 says:

    Your yarn is sooo beautiful! I enjoyed your article so much. I loved your story so much it reminded me just to keep going and to not give up.

    3 years ago

  • eyongs

    eyongs says:

    charming

    3 years ago

  • oaties

    oaties says:

    beautiful, beautiful yarn

    3 years ago

  • GloriousGirlJewelry

    GloriousGirlJewelry says:

    So wonderful you have meet your true calling, and are living & breathing that life!....Kudos for planning the festival - it should be a hit!

    3 years ago

  • JdeSignSbyJay

    JdeSignSbyJay says:

    Your work is great! I love all of the colors that you chose to work with. Keep up the good work. :)

    3 years ago

  • BooandBooFactory

    BooandBooFactory says:

    I'm from chicago. I moved to LA for grad school and I really miss home.

    3 years ago

  • rebeccasaix

    rebeccasaix says:

    What a lovely story. Good luck with the fiber festival.

    3 years ago

  • CoupDeCoeurJewelry

    CoupDeCoeurJewelry says:

    I read your profile, I know many people here would look at a young woman dyeing and spining yarn as if she was crazy or at least odd - they do the same when a knitter friend of mine is knitting while waiting at the bank. That's the fascinating point of your story, making money this way! I wish you lots of success!

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    you are doing what you love to do..and it shows, congratulations. Best wishes for a very successful event, what an inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • ffflowers

    ffflowers says:

    You are so right about etsy changing lives - I don't think I would be on my degree course now if it hadn't been for etsy!

    3 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    What a beautiful article!

    3 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Your colors are breathtaking, I couldn't decide on which one I liked the best, they are all so very pretty! Congratulations on your continued success! Kathy

    3 years ago

  • aerogkyr

    aerogkyr says:

    lovely :))

    3 years ago

  • summerwoodphoto

    summerwoodphoto says:

    So awesome that you quit your job to do this! Good luck to you, and I loved your Marketing tips!

    3 years ago

  • Thelmasman

    Thelmasman says:

    Good going Myrtille, I always knew that you were your own person, never doomed to work for another. Maurice

    3 years ago

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl says:

    the photos of you working are timeless

    3 years ago

  • Evajune

    Evajune says:

    The landscape photo is beautiful. What a treat to look at the behind the scenes of wool making. Thank you so much for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques says:

    I love who you are! My daughter's birthday is July 9th and she crochets. I hope we can come to your Big Fiber festival.

    3 years ago

  • woolgatherings

    woolgatherings says:

    Love this! What a treat to see a spinner profiled!

    3 years ago

  • ItchinStitchin

    ItchinStitchin says:

    I can picture spinspanspun being the ambassador for French wool! Keep up the great work.

    3 years ago

  • soniamccutcheon

    soniamccutcheon says:

    Love your story! I wish you the utmost success!!

    3 years ago

  • vagueprincess

    vagueprincess says:

    Wonderful article! I, too, quit teaching for the same reasons you mentioned. Your yarn is beautiful...congratulations! :)

    3 years ago

  • littlebirdcrochet

    littlebirdcrochet says:

    great read - just want i needed to read after a crummy day at the office. :)

    3 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Your interview was very good and so inspiring I'm so happy that you are able to be yourself and do what you love to do and the way that you love to do it and have the peace and space to create and just be yourself and raise your daughter.

    3 years ago

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies says:

    love your story, your yarn is beautiful and your are an inspiration to new people like myself that this can work, thank you

    3 years ago

  • FabricGalore

    FabricGalore says:

    Great quit your day job story. Awesome that you moved to France. Beautiful colors. :)

    3 years ago

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage says:

    I aspire to do this as a hobbie one day!

    3 years ago

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen says:

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit says:

    What a color! So soft, rainbowy, and vivid!

    3 years ago

  • EcoInspired

    EcoInspired says:

    I enjoyed your story. I learnt to weave a few years ago and have always found it a challenge sourcing organic yarn. Well done for your efforts and good luck with the festival. Karen

    3 years ago

  • SpinSpanSpun

    SpinSpanSpun says:

    Thank you so much for all your kind comments ! They move me a lot! I'm very fortunate indeed! Some people convo me about the dress I wear : it's handmade with a vintage Liberty print. I couldn't have done it without my grandma. Best of luck to you all! Myrtille

    3 years ago

  • accessoryalamode

    accessoryalamode says:

    Wonderful story and thank you for sharing. So inspriational!!!!! Best of Luck to you!

    3 years ago

  • Kankou

    Kankou says:

    Bravo Myrtille pour cette interview tres interessant! Et je dois dire qu'en tant que prof "de jour", ca m'encourage... un jour, j'espere poursuivre aussi ma passion a plein temps!!! :)

    3 years ago

  • JeanineDesigns

    JeanineDesigns says:

    You got me. A story so frank. Beautiful yarn. You will hear from me again. Wishing you all the best, and I wish I were there, or could be there at your fiber fest. Jeanine

    3 years ago

  • olderustytreasures

    olderustytreasures says:

    I truly enjoyed your story. Very inspiring. The picture of you making the yarn outside was lovely. I wish you the best with your business as your yarn is truly beautiful. LOL, Barbara

    3 years ago

  • RizzoDesigns

    RizzoDesigns says:

    Hahha looove it. This is hardcore inspiring for me. :)

    3 years ago

  • thegoodolddayshemp

    thegoodolddayshemp says:

    This is one awesome article. Great job and awesome success. =) very inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • pimscreation

    pimscreation says:

    Your story is one of those that keeps me going with what I love to do...thanks for sharing

    3 years ago

  • MessyJesse

    MessyJesse says:

    well done on your amazing success, best of luck with the event in France - I'm sure it will be a smash hit :)

    3 years ago

  • BridalFlowersForYou

    BridalFlowersForYou says:

    Beautiful work, thanks for the inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • CarolineJamesFineArt

    CarolineJamesFineArt says:

    Thank you for the inspriration,....so important to hear these success stories as a beginner here!

    3 years ago

  • CarolJoyFashions

    CarolJoyFashions says:

    What an uplifting article! Thanks, off to check out the shop now! Carol Joy

    3 years ago

  • Bienfait

    Bienfait says:

    You're following your heart instead of convention. Your passion is evident. A Heart warming and inspiring story. Sharon

    3 years ago

  • namasteyworld

    namasteyworld says:

    This is a great post... thank you for sharing...

    3 years ago

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops says:

    I love working with yarn. I'm mostly teaching myself to knit. Being close to family is everything to me and being home for my kids.

    3 years ago

  • RainyDayStitchesShop

    RainyDayStitchesShop says:

    That is so cool!! I love it!

    3 years ago

  • Taliadesigns

    Taliadesigns says:

    the yarn is beautiful, congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • ModernFibre

    ModernFibre says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your yarn is beautiful. I hope you will post updates about your fibre festival on your Etsy shop.

    3 years ago

  • HeavenlyNaturalSoap

    HeavenlyNaturalSoap says:

    Dying wool seems so cool, I would love to make a scarf right now if I only had the time :)

    3 years ago

  • itastreasures

    itastreasures says:

    Beautiful yarn! I added your shop to mine favorite shops. You might be looking at your next buyer.

    3 years ago

  • Indigofera

    Indigofera says:

    Wow! Your Yarn makes me want to try knitting again. I also have to control my Etsy urges. My sales have been picking up and I was adding my favorites to the cart ;) Congrats on your much deserves success.

    3 years ago

  • 1920

    1920 says:

    It's my dream too. Love your yarns.

    3 years ago

  • Suzie2010gemdesigns

    Suzie2010gemdesigns says:

    WOw-very inspiring

    3 years ago

  • vanessaboer

    vanessaboer says:

    Beautiful yarn and like so many agree, so inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • vanessaboer

    vanessaboer says:

    Beautiful yarn and like so many agree, so inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • Vandaleyez

    Vandaleyez says:

    Beautiful yarn, beautiful story. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going with my own business!

    3 years ago

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera says:

    Congratulations on working with your passion and keeping an old art alive. Awesome! My Mom was a spinner and weaver, so your passion has a soft spot in my heart. Keep on spinning!

    3 years ago

  • ThePerennialPast

    ThePerennialPast says:

    Nice story. Thanks for telling us a little about your world. I love that you can do your work --your joy-- and be at home too.

    3 years ago

  • WolfBANGbullets

    WolfBANGbullets says:

    When I read your story it made me miss my grandmother, who would have loved having me tell it to her. I often think of my grandmothers when I read stories of interesting people - and there are many - on Etsy. Maybe it is because beautiful things that are handmade, especially yarn, quilts and clothing, take me back to a time when those things were handmade out of necessity, yet done with such pride and care...and beauty.

    3 years ago

  • SusanStudio

    SusanStudio says:

    you're living my dream....good for you.

    3 years ago

  • BerryAlaMode

    BerryAlaMode says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I'm a freshman in Etsy and I hope Etsy can change my life too :)

    3 years ago

  • earthmaven

    earthmaven says:

    Myrtille, I met you two years ago at our Chanukah Market in Chicago and was delighted to come across your story here. Your passion and determination to succeed doing what you love is truly inspiring. All the very best with this summer's festival!

    3 years ago

  • GourdNut

    GourdNut says:

    Love your story, sounds very interesting. Wish I could come to the festival!

    3 years ago

  • scarfology

    scarfology says:

    I love working with wool too. It's the perfect medium! Loved reading about your work.

    3 years ago

  • scarfology

    scarfology says:

    I love working with wool too. It's the perfect medium! Loved reading about your work.

    3 years ago

  • scarfology

    scarfology says:

    I love working with wool too. It's the perfect medium! Loved reading about your work.

    3 years ago

  • scarfology

    scarfology says:

    I love working with wool too. It's the perfect medium! Loved reading about your work.

    3 years ago

  • scarfology

    scarfology says:

    I love working with wool too. It's the perfect medium! Loved reading about your work.

    3 years ago

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst says:

    spin my mind

    2 years ago

  • lleach91

    L. Leach says:

    I have always been interested in this skill. It is sooo interesting. I would love to learn how to spin and make clothing from scratch like our ancesters use to do. you are very blessed to have learned such an art. Keep up the good work..Linda L

    227 days ago