Phat Fiber is the brainchild of Jessie Booth. As Jessie says on her webpage “Phat Fiber seeks to bridge the gap between talented online artisans and consumers hungry to support the independent small business.” .She manages this by selling a new Phat Fiber mystery box every month containing a wonderful mountain of samples donated by many talented independent fiber artists. The boxes contain samples of fiber batts, roving, yarn, small tools and occasionally tea or soap or jewelry items. What a treat! These boxes are so sought after that knowing the exact date they go on sale is a necessity. They are sold on a first come first served basis. You can sign up for this critical information on the Phat Fiber website. There has been a surge of new independent spinners, dyers and weavers who market their products on the web and what a great way to see these colorful and carefully produced items close up before investing in larger quantities.
Ever since I discovered now much I love linen, I have wanted to learn now to spin it. Flax is the plant that produces the fiber and it becomes linen when it's spun into yarn and woven into cloth. Other bast fibers include hemp, ramie and some bamboo. A bast fiber comes from a plant and is usually inside the inner bark of the stems. It's a cellulose fiber, similar to cotton, so it doesn't have any elasticity or memory like most animal (protein) fibers.