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Get to Know Spinzilla Sponsor: DM Fibers

Posted By TNNA HQ, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Get to Know Spinzilla Sponsor: DM Fibers (Dashing Mouse Designs)

As a Spinzilla 2017 sponsor, Sasha of Dashing Mouse Fibers spoke with TNNA to shed some light on a how she made the move from being a member of a circus troupe to a fibers fanatic. 

What kind of business is Dashing Mouse Fibers?
Sasha: In July 2017 Dashing Mouse Designs bought the wholesale hand spinning fiber business from Louet North America.  We promptly re-branded the fiber as DMFibers (you know, for Dashing Mouse), since we couldn't very well carry on calling them Louet fibers.

What types of products does DMFibers have that a Spinzilla spinner might be interested in?

Sasha
: Well, as we all know, it's much easier to spin fiber that you have than fiber that you don't have. To that end, we're continuing Louet's fabulous idea of discounted fiber packs to help you build your stash prior to the big event.  These bundles have a huge amount of fiber in them at a screamer of a deal, so ask your local spinning store if they could order one for you!

Tell us about how you and your business partner and husband, David, work together.

Sasha: I met my husband David when he joined the local circus troupe where I was working. Now he helps run Dashing Mouse Designs, but we both still enjoy goofing around and entertaining people. If you meet us in person, you never know what kind of shenanigans might transpire.

Why is Dashing Mouse Designs sponsoring Spinzilla?  
Sasha: A marvelous question indeed!  We didn't buy this business just to sell fibers. We really want to be engaged members of the spinning community, and sponsoring great events like Spinzilla is part of that.  We particularly like that Spinzilla incorporates so many different groups from individual spinners to local shops to tool manufacturers. It takes all of us to keep those wheels and spindles turning! Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Needle Arts Mentoring Program is such a great cause.  Who could say no to helping more kids discover the activities we love so much?

What’s your personal history with fiber arts?

Sasha: I come from a family of fiber fanatics. My grandmother made all her own clothes - including suits for when she was a lawyer and later a judge! My aunt quilted by hand and even wrote an academic book on traditional quilts.  My great-aunt was a professional spinner and weaver as well as an accomplished knitter.  It should be no surprise that I learned to crochet at age five and knit at age six. Along the way I picked up spinning and weaving as well.  Fiber is my passion, no matter what form it is in!

What's the best thing about your job?
Sasha: There are so many great things about this job! But if I have to pick just one favorite, it has to be the people. Yes, the fiber is beautiful and of course there's great satisfaction in packing the perfect box, but the spinning community is like no other. Everyone we've had the privilege of speaking with has been so kind and enthusiastic. It's fun to get to chat with teachers, shop owners, fiber mills, and spinners from all over. I can't wait to get to know more excellent people as our business grows.

What's your favorite thing you've made with your hand spun?
Sasha: Ooooh what a good one for the finale!  My favorite thing I've made with my hand spun yarn is a baby sweater.  My sister used wool in her wedding decorations, then I took the leftovers and spun them into yarn. I didn't know what I wanted to make, so it just sat in the stash until she told me they were expecting a baby. I enjoyed every minute of that project - the spinning, the knitting and now the waiting for my nephew.

Dashing Mouse Designs is always just an email away if you have questions or need spinning fiber. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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