Great Lakes Hand Dyed

Name: Elizabeth Deremiah
Business name: Great Lakes hand dyed
Shop, Great Lakes Hand Dyed Shop Blog, and on Ravelry here
What kind of items do you make?
Hand dyed yarn and fiber

How long have you been in indie artist?
Since February 2012

What got you interested in your art of choice?
Dyeing yarn is an extension of my knitting and crocheting. It felt like the next logical step in my crafting journey.

What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Seeing the finished objects made from yarn and fiber. Watching the yarn and fiber go from a blank slate to a finished object is very satisfying for me.

What most inspires you?
Everyday events and the environments around me indoors and outdoors. Sometimes a funny scene in a show or a movie or a trip to the beach.
What makes your creations unique?
All of my yarns and fibers are locally sourced from farms in the United States. I’m not afraid to use different dye techniques and experiment, which creates unique and exciting yarns and fibers.

Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
Currently the favorite product that I offer is the variegated self striping with 4 yards of variegated yarn and 4 yards of black.

What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
Options. Options are a huge benefit to the fiber arts community. There are tons of patterns, yarns, and fibers for fiber artists to choose from. I love when my customers email me and ask about possibilities. They are virtually endless.

Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
I recently have been a full time fiber artist. Being a dyer and business owner is one of the best jobs in the world. I have had the opportunity to meet incredible fiber artists and travel to places I would have never gone otherwise.

What is your fiber arts superpower?
Finding the perfect project for any yarn.

How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago?
5 years ago, the only things I really spent time crafting were baby blankets made from box store yarns. I have discovered hand dyed yarns and taught myself to knit since then.

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