I can't believe it's here! The time has finally arrived to launch Everlea Yarn!
The advent of Everlea Yarn was completely universe-driven long before its inception. From its roots with Everlea Textiles, where Katie Earle and I have been intuitively following our individual artistic paths alongside each other, to finding an accessible brick and mortar space in Davis Bay BC to house our collection, pursuing this dream has felt as if I'm following a path that has been carved specifically for me.
I've learned that new ventures can be scary! I have a newfound commitment to support people in my community who are encountering new things in their lives because I most definitely could not have arrived here without my own community. Even the smallest words of encouragement can go a long way to thwarting the ever-looming, party-pooping fear-monster that is negative self-talk. Every single success, be it big or small, can be traced back to camaraderie and support that I have received from people along the way. Any time I thought I couldn't or shouldn't move forward with Everlea Yarn someone invested in my idea. Thank you, friends!
It's been a long-time coming! For the past 10 years, I have been wondering where I was being led in my textile pursuits. I have always been entrepreneurial, but the timing was never right. So, I faithfully followed a winding path that took me from Capilano University's Textile Art Program in North Vancouver to Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program in Montreal, to three years of raising my son and enjoying the galleries of New York City, and finally a homecoming in 2016 to the Sunshine Coast. I wish I had known that whole time that when the right plan presents itself it will not only feel right, it will be super exciting and life-giving! Because, that's exactly what it's like, beginning Everlea Yarn back in my home peninsula - and does it ever feel like home.
Everlea Yarn is heart-centred, which for me means our products are ethical, earth-conscious and community conscious. I am working with Canadian companies and mills to bring in yarns that I'm am over-the-moon excited to share with you. I lovingly hand dye each skein with plant matter - a process I have been using in my art practice since 2009.
This summer we have lots of Canadian Wool to weave on our tapestry looms - perfect for the beach! Or if you are like me and knit with wool through the summer, knitting for the colder months, Canadian Wool is perfect for sweaters, hats and mitts alike. I also have the MOST lovely hemp on the way which I will be dyeing in my favourite natural dye colourway - indigo blue!
I am SO EXCITED about the yarns that I'm launching in the fall, so stay tuned for that, too! Sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop.