At Fibers First we specialize in producing quality hand spinning rovings to the customer's specifications. All our rovings are processed through a pin drafting machine to create a consistent sized roving and remove as much debris as possible.
Natural or dyed fibers can be processed at Fibers First Inc.
While the cleanliness of the incoming fibers is important to the finished product, we strive to remove as much debris and contaminants as possible. If you decide to wash your fiber yourself it must be lanolin free or we will have to rewash the fiber. These machines do not like lanolin!
We offer fast turn around times. Normally 6-7 months for roving and yarn. That may not seem fast however think of all the stages your fiber goes through. We have to deliver it out to the wash plant which is over an hour away, then bring it back after it is washed. We then pick, card and then run it through the pindrafter. If going to yarn it goes through the pindrafter 3-4 times and then it is spun, plied, skeined or coned, and also weighed at different stages. Then the billing and the emails or phone calls. Each step takes time, however when we see the finished product on the shelf waiting for you we know it was time well spent and that you will enjoy your spinning or knitting.
We can process small batches so that each fleece can retain its individual characteristics. We can process large batches for fiber producers in order for them to be able to sell their roving to the hand spinners.
Different fibers can be blended at different processing steps to create a unique fiber that matches the artist needs. Just call and discuss what you would like or ask for suggestions.
We have 25 years experience in the fiber world. Karen has been spinning yarn for all those 25 years. She has raised Romney sheep, Llamas, Angora Goats and Angora rabbits. She was the President of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Log Cabin Spinners Group. She has belonged to NwRSA (North West Regional Spinners Assn.) for numerous years and is currently district director for the Eastern WA/ID/MT. Karen was committee chairman for the NwRSA judging and standards committee for 8 years. Karen's favorite activity is hand spinning yarn. With the start of this company, she will be working with fiber everyday and is excited to do so . She looks forward to meeting more people in the fiber world and seeing all the fiber coming through the shop. Give Karen or Lowell a call and make your plans to get your fiber processed. (208) 773-8384
Update: Since starting this company six years ago Karen has had some issues with fiber not liking her lungs. She has cleared her lungs by removing herself from the daily operations of running the machines. Her husband Lowell stepped in two years ago and started running the machines. Lowell had helped out with the machines from the start so he knew how everything worked. Lowell has heard Karen talk fiber for over 25 years so learned a lot that way also. It was their dream to run this mill together in their old age. Lowell turned 60 this year and Karen will next year. Karen still tells Lowell what to do, (he listens most of the time) and he calls for advice from Karen when she is not at the mill.
It is a good working partnership and we plan to continue.