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Quit Your Day Job: SpinSpanSpun

Jan 25, 2011

by Mary Andrews

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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.

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233 comments

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Great article and products! Congratulations on your success!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 6 years ago

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

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality said 6 years ago

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

  • secdus

    secdus said 6 years ago

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

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 6 years ago

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

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    Would love to see a video of your process!

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver said 6 years ago

    Beautiful yarns, great story. Good luck to you!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

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

  • grasshopperbk

    grasshopperbk said 6 years ago

    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.

  • carramaus

    carramaus said 6 years ago

    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!

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 6 years ago

    charming!

  • TailsandSnouts

    TailsandSnouts said 6 years ago

    oooooo, beautiful yarn!

  • paulajeansgarden

    paulajeansgarden said 6 years ago

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

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

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

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 6 years ago

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

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 6 years ago

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

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

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

  • gingeraledesigns

    gingeraledesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

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

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 6 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations!

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught said 6 years ago

    Yummy,yummy yarn!!!!

  • aequintan08

    aequintan08 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • jennybradley

    jennybradley said 6 years ago

    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!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! Gorgeous yarns!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Lovely feature ! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!!! Wonderful story!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

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

  • AppleCharlotte

    AppleCharlotte said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

  • funvites

    funvites said 6 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

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

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 6 years ago

    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.

  • erichale

    erichale said 6 years ago

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

  • elinart

    elinart said 6 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic! :)

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    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!!!!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 6 years ago

    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!

  • PurpleBlossomStudio

    PurpleBlossomStudio said 6 years ago

    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!

  • PleasantPeninsula

    PleasantPeninsula said 6 years ago

    Lovely story and beautiful yarns! Congratulations!

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 6 years ago

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

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 6 years ago

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

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 6 years ago

    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 : )

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 6 years ago

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

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    exquisite. new favorite. :)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

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

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion said 6 years ago

    Amazing story! Good luck with your festival!

  • 5orangepotatoes

    5orangepotatoes said 6 years ago

    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!

  • josephinebrooke

    josephinebrooke said 6 years ago

    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

  • lespetitescouleurs

    lespetitescouleurs said 6 years ago

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

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

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

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 6 years ago

    Love your yarn! Great Story!

  • happyfuzzyyarn

    happyfuzzyyarn said 6 years ago

    So nice to see a spinner featured!

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story!!! :)

  • SpinSpanSpun

    SpinSpanSpun said 6 years ago

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

  • krisbsea

    krisbsea said 6 years ago

    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/

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    amazing yarn colors. i absolutely love them!

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 6 years ago

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

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago

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

  • StuckOnACloud

    StuckOnACloud said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 said 6 years ago

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

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 6 years ago

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

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 6 years ago

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

  • DeesumDesigns

    DeesumDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great article! Your dyes are beautiful :)

  • bowlabeau

    bowlabeau said 6 years ago

    Beeaauutiful yarns. Congrats!

  • ekra

    ekra said 6 years ago

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

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

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

  • outofline

    outofline said 6 years ago

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

  • areapparel

    areapparel said 6 years ago

    LOVE! is all I can say! :D

  • BettyBee

    BettyBee said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • moonlightforviolet

    moonlightforviolet said 6 years ago

    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!

  • GreatLakesSpinnery

    GreatLakesSpinnery said 6 years ago

    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!

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 6 years ago

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

  • crotchtalk

    crotchtalk said 6 years ago

    Sigh... dreamy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

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

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 6 years ago

    Love your story!

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 6 years ago

    I wish you much success!

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks said 6 years ago

    Wicked yarn!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work, and such an inspiring mission!

  • MyraDillonStudio

    MyraDillonStudio said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story! Good luck with your endeavors!

  • WingbornRavenJewelry

    WingbornRavenJewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody said 6 years ago

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

  • cherylzmillerArt

    cherylzmillerArt said 6 years ago

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

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore said 6 years ago

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

  • ArtPhotosDiana

    ArtPhotosDiana said 6 years ago

    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!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

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

  • TheOldRedHen

    TheOldRedHen said 6 years ago

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

  • RAWelding

    RAWelding said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, congrats on your success!

  • CarriesCustomDesigns

    CarriesCustomDesigns said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • kimberleeannkreation

    kimberleeannkreation said 6 years ago

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

  • CrayonHall

    CrayonHall said 6 years ago

    How beautiful. Congratulation on your success.

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 said 6 years ago

    Extremely inspiring, very envious of your boldness!

  • OrotSavyon

    OrotSavyon said 6 years ago

    great shop. I love your products

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful yarn! Best wishes to you.

  • jardinsauvage

    jardinsauvage said 6 years ago

    Quelle belle histoire. Congratulations. Your yarn is beautiful!

  • BunnyInDisguise

    BunnyInDisguise said 6 years ago

    Inspiring story! Hope the fiber festival goes well!

  • ChayaGallery

    ChayaGallery said 6 years ago

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

  • MaBille

    MaBille said 6 years ago

    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

  • barefootininsc

    barefootininsc said 6 years ago

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

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    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... :)

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

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

  • ValerieGalloway

    ValerieGalloway said 6 years ago

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

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 6 years ago

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

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography said 6 years ago

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

  • 60SpriteGal

    60SpriteGal said 6 years ago

    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

  • creamarie

    creamarie said 6 years ago

    Great job myrtille !!!

  • lucietales

    lucietales said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Melindamilkshake

    Melindamilkshake said 6 years ago

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

  • ArtFeyStudio

    ArtFeyStudio said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational story! Thank you!

  • WalnutWool

    WalnutWool said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

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

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts said 6 years ago

    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.

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 6 years ago

    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.

  • tiialin

    tiialin said 6 years ago

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

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    very impressive

  • wayfaringmagnolia

    wayfaringmagnolia said 6 years ago

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

  • amntyler

    amntyler said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Guitarpickman

    Guitarpickman said 6 years ago

    Great story

  • Jackwood

    Jackwood said 6 years ago

    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!

  • femmemechanics

    femmemechanics said 6 years ago

    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!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 6 years ago

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

  • GardenPartyFibers

    GardenPartyFibers said 6 years ago

    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

  • 4Gdesigns

    4Gdesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

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

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

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

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    Beautiful yarn :)

  • weemiss

    weemiss said 6 years ago

    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!

  • montanason61

    montanason61 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • squarepaisleydesign

    squarepaisleydesign said 6 years ago

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

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 6 years ago

    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!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

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

  • SomedaySarah

    SomedaySarah said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! Congratulations!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

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

  • TheLittleStitcher

    TheLittleStitcher said 6 years ago

    I want your wheel!

  • northcountryglass

    northcountryglass said 6 years ago

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

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 6 years ago

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

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

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

  • NASchuttDesign

    NASchuttDesign said 6 years ago

    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!

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels said 6 years ago

    Great work, congratulations on your success!

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 6 years ago

    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

  • donebydigits

    donebydigits said 6 years ago

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

  • citizenK

    citizenK said 6 years ago

    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.

  • smalldailypaintings

    smalldailypaintings said 6 years ago

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

  • newtocrochet

    newtocrochet said 6 years ago

    chills! love your story : )

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

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

  • authorsdaughter

    authorsdaughter said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 6 years ago

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

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

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

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

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

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 6 years ago

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

  • Bonbaisersdeparis

    Bonbaisersdeparis said 6 years ago

    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!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    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!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

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

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

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

  • Betruedesigns23

    Betruedesigns23 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • eyongs

    eyongs said 6 years ago

    charming

  • oaties

    oaties said 6 years ago

    beautiful, beautiful yarn

  • GloriousGirlJewelry

    GloriousGirlJewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • JdeSignSbyJay

    JdeSignSbyJay said 6 years ago

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

  • BooandBooFactory

    BooandBooFactory said 6 years ago

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

  • rebeccasaix

    rebeccasaix said 6 years ago

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

  • CoupDeCoeurJewelry

    CoupDeCoeurJewelry said 6 years ago

    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!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

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

  • ffflowers

    ffflowers said 6 years ago

    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!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful article!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    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

  • aerogkyr

    aerogkyr said 6 years ago

    lovely :))

  • summerwoodphoto

    summerwoodphoto said 6 years ago

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

  • Thelmasman

    Thelmasman said 6 years ago

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

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl said 6 years ago

    the photos of you working are timeless

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 6 years ago

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

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 6 years ago

    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.

  • woolgatherings

    woolgatherings said 6 years ago

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

  • ItchinStitchin

    ItchinStitchin said 6 years ago

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

  • soniamccutcheon

    soniamccutcheon said 6 years ago

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

  • vagueprincess

    vagueprincess said 6 years ago

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

  • littlebirdcrochet

    littlebirdcrochet said 6 years ago

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

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    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.

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies said 6 years ago

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

  • FabricGalore

    FabricGalore said 6 years ago

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

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 6 years ago

    I aspire to do this as a hobbie one day!

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen said 6 years ago

    Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit said 6 years ago

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

  • EcoInspired

    EcoInspired said 6 years ago

    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

  • SpinSpanSpun

    SpinSpanSpun said 6 years ago

    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

  • accessoryalamode

    accessoryalamode said 6 years ago

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

  • Kankou

    Kankou said 6 years ago

    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!!! :)

  • JeanineDesigns

    JeanineDesigns said 6 years ago

    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

  • olderustytreasures

    olderustytreasures said 6 years ago

    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

  • RizzoDesigns

    RizzoDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • thegoodolddayshemp

    thegoodolddayshemp said 6 years ago

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

  • pimscreation

    pimscreation said 6 years ago

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

  • MessyJesse

    MessyJesse said 6 years ago

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

  • BridalFlowersForYou

    BridalFlowersForYou said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, thanks for the inspiration.

  • CarolineJamesFineArt

    CarolineJamesFineArt said 6 years ago

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

  • CarolJoyFashions

    CarolJoyFashions said 6 years ago

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

  • Bienfait

    Bienfait said 6 years ago

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

  • namasteyworld

    namasteyworld said 6 years ago

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

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 6 years ago

    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.

  • RainyDayStitchesShop

    RainyDayStitchesShop said 6 years ago

    That is so cool!! I love it!

  • Taliadesigns

    Taliadesigns said 6 years ago

    the yarn is beautiful, congratulations on your success!

  • ModernFibre

    ModernFibre said 6 years ago

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

  • HeavenlyNaturalSoap

    HeavenlyNaturalSoap said 6 years ago

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

  • itastreasures

    itastreasures said 6 years ago

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

  • Indigofera

    Indigofera said 6 years ago

    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.

  • 1920

    1920 said 6 years ago

    It's my dream too. Love your yarns.

  • Suzie2010gemdesigns

    Suzie2010gemdesigns said 6 years ago

    WOw-very inspiring

  • vanessaboer

    vanessaboer said 6 years ago

    Beautiful yarn and like so many agree, so inspiring!

  • vanessaboer

    vanessaboer said 6 years ago

    Beautiful yarn and like so many agree, so inspiring!

  • Vandaleyez

    Vandaleyez said 6 years ago

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

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 6 years ago

    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!

  • ThePerennialPast

    ThePerennialPast said 6 years ago

    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.

  • WolfBANGbullets

    WolfBANGbullets said 6 years ago

    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.

  • SusanStudio

    SusanStudio said 6 years ago

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

  • BerryAlaMode

    BerryAlaMode said 6 years ago

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

  • earthmaven

    earthmaven said 6 years ago

    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!

  • GourdNut

    GourdNut said 6 years ago

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

  • scarfology

    scarfology said 6 years ago

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

  • scarfology

    scarfology said 6 years ago

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

  • scarfology

    scarfology said 6 years ago

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

  • scarfology

    scarfology said 6 years ago

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

  • scarfology

    scarfology said 6 years ago

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

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst said 6 years ago

    spin my mind

  • lleach91

    L. Leach said 4 years ago

    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

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