Ashley Martineau, author of Spinning and Dyeing Yarn and educator at How to Spin Yarn checks every subscription for accuracy and removes duplicates, verifies links, and checks spelling. If this site had no curator, it would quickly become a cluttered mess of dead links and subscribers would select to be listed on every map, defeating the purpose of specific search criteria. We value your investment, and that is why we work to keep this resource tidy.
THE CRITERIA FOR EACH MAP IS:
FIBER FARM - If you raise fiber animals and have wool or breeding stock to sell from your farm, you are a Fiber Farm. (If you have two sheep in your backyard, you are not a fiber farm).
GUILD - If you meet with a group of makers on a regular basis at a predetermined location, and are actively seeking more people to join your meetings - you are a guild.
FESTIVAL - If you have a public event at an advertised location specific for the education and enrichment of the fiber art community, you are a festival.
SHEARER - If you have the proper equipment, experience, and ability to go to farms and shear their animals - you are a shearer. (note: if you shear your own animals, but do not shear others, you are not a shearer.)
MILL - If you process bulk quantities of raw fiber into roving, top, yarn, or batting you are a mill. (note: if you own a drum carder, that does not make you a mill)
YARN SHOP - If you own a brick & mortar location, are open regular business hours, and have both a business license and shelves full of yarn - you are a yarn shop. (note: if you have yarn in your house on a shelf, or you spin yarn, that does not make you a yarn shop. If you spin yarn at home to sell online - please select "online shop").
ONLINE SHOP - If you currently have an active, open, shop full of items to purchase right now, you are an online shop. (note: empty shops may be removed from this map without notice. If your shop link is removed due to it being empty, please fill it with items and contact us to have the link added back to your listing.)
INSTRUCTOR - If you do not qualify for any of the above maps, but you are willing to teach people in your area how to knit, crochet, spin, weave, etc - please select this map. If you do qualify for other maps, please do not select this map.
When you subscribe to My Local Wool - you are immediately advertised to your local customers in print and social media. As our subscriber base grows, we will be able to invest more money and time into advertising. Here is our current advertising and what we would like to add in the future:
PLY Magazine - We are running a bazaar ad in each issue and, as the website grows, we plan to increase the ad size.
Instagram - Follow @mylocalwool and tag #mylocalwool for a possible feature!
Facebook - Many posts on Instagram are also posted to our Facebook Page @mylocalwool and we share posts and news with the Fiber Artists and Yarn Spinners group (25K members) and Spinners Study group (14K members) and Raw Wool For Sale group (10K members) as well as many other relevant groups.
Google - We already get a ton of traffic thru Google (My Local Wool is optimized for SEO, and is mobile friendly) and we grow - we would love to advertise on Google Adwords for even more traffic.
Worldwide Print Magazines.
Worldwide Festival Brochures & Handouts.
Website Banners / Graphics for Subscribers.
Print Materials for Subscribers to include in their fleeces for sale.
The Future is Local.
As the political climate limits and changes the costs of importing wool and yarn to your location - you might find yourself losing money or resources to grow your fiber business. Buying local may help offset some of these costs, as well as benefiting your local economy. Knowing where all your local farms, mills, and fiber resources are can help save you time as you adjust from using imported fibers and yarns to locally grown fibers and yarns.
Advertise your products as “Made with Locally Grown Wool”
Save on import fees & taxes by buying local.
Save on shipping costs by buying local.
Custom Design your own Fiber Blends at your Local Mill.
Custom Design Your Own Yarn Blends at your local mill.
Be part of the process from Raw Fleece to Yarn.
Feel good about how your business benefits your local economy.