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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall at Outback Fibers

After a busy summer that included the arrival of two new grand-babies, 

a successful garden full of produce,

and the removal of our old log house,

Outback Fibers is gearing up for an exciting fall season.

Our Profusion undyed prefelt will finally be back in stock in December, along with three new colors -- a rich burnt orange, a bright turquoise and a neutral tan.  Look for these to be available for sale before the end of the year.
We have also added "tissue silk" (silk georgette) to our line of nuno fabrics.

 We will gradually expand the range of colors if these prove to be as popular for our clients as our 5mm habotai silk fabric.

Let us know how we can help.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Georgette (Tissue) Silk Fabric

I am happy to announce that Outback Fibers now has Gorgeous hand-dyed tissue-silk fabrics now available by the yard.   Coordinate these silk fabrics with their matching 18.5 micron superfine merino wool, and tussah silk roving; or chose complimentary colors from our full line of Treetops wools and silks.
Lightweight, 4.5 momme open-weave tissue silk (comparable to the US “georgette” silk),  is the perfect fabric for beginning nuno felters and those wanting a gauzy, soft finish. 
 Choose our dyed “paj” (habotai) silk fabrics for a tighter weave with more luster and a more substantial pucker. 
Perfect for your very own unique, one-of-a-kind piece of nuno felt sure to attract attention and interest. Have fun and let us know what you think.
 Here is an example of one of my scarves using some habotai silk fabric.  The color is Machu Picchu.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Outback Fibers Workshops in Beautiful Colorado

Beginning next summer, we will be offering various workshops here at our studio. When we moved from Texas to Colorado two years ago, we planned an expanded workshop space and will have some on-site accommodation as well as some commercial lodging nearby.

We are located in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon flanked by the Sangre de Cristo mountains on one side, and the Arkansas River valley on the other. It is a wonderful place to surround yourself with inspiration and fiber! We hope to bring in various teachers for classes; as well as simply offering the space for those who want to work with a small group of fellow fiber artists in a setting that provides supplies, fiber, workspace, food, lodging and scenery...all in one location.

Meanwhile... happy felting and let us know if you are interested.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Christo Coming to Coaldale

For those who love to plan for the future, I must let you know that Christo plans to drape the Arkansas River right here in our canyon in the summer of 2014. Christo's website.

In keeping with the promotion of the arts, we at Outback Fibers will be planning a series of summer workshops to coordinate with the two weeks in August 2014 when the exhibit will be on display.  It will be two years in the making as construction will encompass some 42 miles of the river.  There will be almost 6 miles of draping in areas where river rafters will be best able to float beneath to view the work.  We are just a short walk from the river, so what could be better than to take in some fresh air, some fiber, some felting, some floating, some fly-fishing... (I just love those "f" words!).

Workshops will be posted to the website closer to the time.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Silk Yardage for Nuno

As we settle into our new location here in Colorado, we have room to expand our line of products to include some luscious paj silk dyed to match our superfine merino harmonies line of wool roving.

Having Mark in the business is beginning to allow me more time to play with the products that everyone else gets to enjoy all the time!  I took advantage of the Xmas slowdown to sample a number of the new colorways in this 5mm habotai silk and made a few scarves to show how beautifully the wool and silk can be coordinated in a delicate scarf that is appropriate for almost any climate.

The silk comes in 2.5m lengths (approx 100"), so plenty of length for a scarf or wrap.  Full width is 45" but can be purchased in 15" or 30" if desired.  Eleven spectacular colorways are currently available and just 15-20gms of wool is all that is needed to turn the silk into a froth of ruffles and luxury.

Here are some of the colors we offer in these beautiful Neck Knacks in paj silk for your creative pleasure.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Big changes at Outback Fibers

Well...I always knew I was never the kind to be able to keep a daily diary, so many months have gone by since my last post. That said... much has occurred during those months.

Outback Fibers (as in Mark and Jill and their "stuff") relocated to the tiny town of Coaldale, CO

in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon, leaving behind the 100+ degree heat of Texas in July of 2011.  A 60'x40' metal building is nearing completion and will become the new home for all our wonderful fibers. In addition, we have room to host some exclusive retreats and felting workshops in the near future.

Close to the town of Salida, which features many artists and galleries, we are alongside the Arkansas River, home to some of the best fly-fishing and river rafting, and ATV tours in the country.  So pull out that dusty old atlas (or for those who just love their computer... use googlemaps or click here for a map) and plan your next road trip to include the spectacular mountain scenery, a little hiking, a little fishing, and a visit to Outback Fibers studio.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Up and Coming Felt Artist

Anyone can take up the challenge of felting.  Recently, one of our customers told us about her daughter,  Haley Doherty needing to raise money for a school cultural trip.  Haley's mom, Lori, knew Linda Wright who is a felt artist and a customer of Outback Fibers.  Linda gave Haley a crash course in making felt flowers, fiber was purchased from Outback Fibers, and the rest is recent history.  Word of mouth and some leaflets spread the word about Haley's project, and ...  it looks like we have a new felt artist.  The decorative, colorful flowers are popping up everywhere in Haley's home town, decorating clothing, hair, hats, etc.  So far, she has raised over $3,000 since December. 

Way to go Haley!!

If you are interested in purchasing a beautiful felted flower send an email to .