SPA Spotlight: Port Fiber
PortFiber is a fiberarts shop in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, Maine. The shop features hand-dyed top in a variety of fiber bases including yak/silk, domestic Rambouillet processed at the Maine Top Mill in Waldoboro, Maine, along with baby camel/silk, organic Polwarth/silk, and many other blends. Shop owner, Casey Ryder really enjoys naming the colorways based on of her life experiences [ex:"Hula Hoop Picnic"] or pop culture references [ex: "Fraggle Rock"]. PortFiber also stocks a variety of commercially dyed wools, silk, and hemp fibers for felting and spinning.
Casey makes an effort to carry local and domestic wools and products like Howard Brush blending boards and hand cards made right here in Maine. She's looking to expand upon her stock of weaving yarns, which now include Jaggerspun wool and wool/silk yarns, Habu Textiles stainless steel/wool, silk, and linen yarns, and Venne Colcoton Organic Cotton yarn.
In addition to carrying lovely, fibery-good products, PortFiber aims to build community around weaving, spinning, felting, and dyeing. Local instructors, as well as those from outside of Maine teach classes throughout the year. PortFiber also hosts a weekly spin-in every Thursday afternoon from noon-5pm.
Casey is looking forward to SPA 2015. She's excited to see fiber friends she only sees a few times a year and to hear and see what they've been up to! You can see what Casey's been dyeing at www.portfiber.etsy.com and check in on upcoming classes at www.portfiber.com.
Last Updated: 01.11.15