> > > Based in San Francisco, we offer small-batch, sustainably sourced yarn + fiber goods. We design our collections to spark creativity in makers (that’s you!) while creating meaningful opportunities to support and elevate fiber-producing communities. Our incredibly skilled partner artisans practice their craft in small, family-run workshops in Nepal, Tibet and America's West Coast.
> > > We love the sourcing process, it’s one of our favorite parts of the job. For us, yarn is so much more than a simple crafting material. Each of our fiber collections has a story that is intrinsically linked to landscapes, family farms and artisan livelihoods.
We aim to inspire a sense of connection to the places our fibers originate and the vibrant communities that create them.
> > > We research and choose our fiber sources for their high ethical and environmental standards, as well as beauty. Our alpaca, yak, sheep and cotton fibers are left undyed or are pigmented with either plant-based or toxin-free synthetic dyes.
While we make a conscious choice to create the majority of our products from natural, biodegradable fibers, we support the inspired use of recycled materials. We are the first company to create a series of super chunky, core-spun yarn (our ReLove line!) that utilizes recycled plastic bottle fiber. Our utilization of recycled fibers supports economies built on the reuse of materials and their diversion from landfills.
> > > We love the fibercraft process and our partner artisans are our biggest inspiration. As a woman-owned business, we find it particularly motivating that currently ALL of our yarn and soft goods collections are made by women. Each of our workshops emphasize the importance of skill training and flexible employment opportunities, so that artisans can find ways to help support their aspirations and families.
And each location—from the West Coast to the Himalayas—is a place we know, love and feel deeply invested in. We hope you can see and feel that difference as you work with our fibers.
~ We’re committed to using low-impact, recyclable (and compostable, whenever feasible) packaging: You’ll find that we label and package our products as minimally as possible. Our labels are made from paper as are all of our fiber packs—you’ll find little to no plastic in our packaging choices.
~ Love Fest Fibers was founded with the goal of investing in the yarn maker communities with which we work. As we grow, we will invest a percentage of our profits in programs that directly benefit our partners. We aim to take you on that journey as we explore our partner communities' needs.
Hello! I'm so happy you're here!
So this love fest began in Tibet, the fibers part came a bit later. I’ve been obsessed with the Tibetan Plateau since I was a teenager. It started when I was in high school and joined a community service project in Nepal and Tibet. The experience made a huge impact on me and I’ve sought wild (and somewhat weird) ways to live there ever since—I went to Tibet University to learn Tibetan language and run around Lhasa for two years; I got a year-long research grant to document the healing practices of Himalayan spirit medium women (yeah, lots of stories for you there); I went back for a Masters in sustainable development then worked with foundations and Tibetan nomad communities on environmental and cultural preservation projects. I just kept going back and staying for as long as visas would allow.
I fell in love with the incredibly vibrant fiber traditions of the region along the way—both from the pastoralist perspective of caring for land and animals, and the artisan perspective of creating textiles. I founded Love Fest Fibers out of that fascination and with the goal of supporting traditional livelihoods. That commitment also extends to fibercraft communities at home on America’s West Coast where I feel so lucky to have found my dream partners in a women-owned, women-run fiber mill in Washington State where we create all of our core-spun collections.
Barring a global pandemic or my early mamahood duties of wrangling a toddler, I still travel back to the Tibetan Plateau each year to work one-on-one with our partners. I'm always excited to share the process behind each of our collections and hope to create a connection between you, our materials and the artisans who create them.
A big thank you for your support (not a single collection would exist without you) and coming along for the ride!
Britt & Team Love Fest