Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How do you like...

...your fiber prepared when you purchase it? I've been toying with some different ways to present the fiber in my shop and got some very interesting ideas on Ravelry and from that have concluded the following and now I would love to know your opinion!

The Braid: I like the look of the braid, but I think it can be deceiving. For example, I ordered a braid and when I opened it up it was not what I was expecting as far as how it was dyed. I thought it was more randomly dyed than painted in repeated sections. Granted this was before I knew what a braid did to the look of fiber.
As far as making the braid I thought it was a pain in the butt, took much longer and I needed my daughter's help; I'm sure I could set something heavy on the one end in the future, though.

The Chain: I don't like the look as much as the braid, but it still makes the fiber look pretty, perhaps not as smooth looking. The chain is smaller than the braid when coiled up, too. I took a older chain apart and it does have kinks in it, but they didn't affect my spinning, just the look of the fiber. I try to chain loosely, maybe this will help.
As far as making the chain, it's much faster than braiding.

The coil: Well, if this doesn't show off the fiber and how it's dyed I don't know what will. It's a great photo for online shop listing, but it will have to be prepped another way for shipping.

The ball: This was super easy, fun to do. Easy to photograph. I'm just not sure how customers will react to this in an online shop. I took several photos to represent each color in the fiber. The only thing is you can't see all of the fiber, the inside of the ball.  It could also be shipped in the ball form pretty easily as well.


  1. Having also had some big surprises when I have bought fiber I think now I would be more likely to buy it in the coiled form - you could ball it up or gather it in folds for shipping, maybe? My second choice would be chained, as it is easier to see how the fiber is dyed.

  2. I like the ball! Just FYI :-).

    The braid is too tedious, I've always thought.

  3. I think the coil would be great for pictures. Than you could ball it for shipping.


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