Three Fates Yarns is a woman owned and operated business located in Salem, Oregon.
I hand-dye, hand-paint and kettle-dye yarn and fibers for all textile artists, knitter, crocheters, weavers, felters and other crafters. I use light-fast and color-fast acid dyes because they are consistent and easy to work with.
I have one part-time employee who helps wind and tie yarn and an off-site contractor who occasionally assists with social media.
I do all of the dyeing at my house.
Ravelry: Three Fates Yarns group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/3-fates-yarns
instagram: three fates yarns
All wholesale inquiries should be directed to me through a conversation on etsy or to the threefatesyarns at gmail dot com email account. Preference is being given to out-of-state accounts with orders over 50 yarns and clubs.
I accept paypal and in person payments via sell on etsy.
Shipping will take place within the time period specified. Most items are shipped the same week ordered. Dyed to order items may take up to three weeks. The default is first class mail in the US.
I handle refunds on a case by case basis.
You will get a refund certainly if:
You've gotten the wrong skein of yarn and you'd prefer the refund over the correct skein.
The skein is somehow defective.
Environment and Packaging
The planet matters a great deal to me; that being said operating a retail yarn online business has a lot of environmental impacts.
Here's what I do.
Yarn and Fiber: Once a year I buy a fleece or processed roving from the west coast or pacific northwest. I get it processed locally and dye it and bring it back to you. This may increase over time.
Any new polwarth bought is an organic base. Any new falkland merino bought is sustainably sourced from the falkland islands. Both are available through Ashland Bay, an imported located about 60 miles from me.
I drive an electric car and take it to most in-state festivals. (FYI, the car is primarily charged at night.) I rent another car if I have to go to Seattle. All of the power at my home is purchased green power, which means that we're supporting the expansion of the green grid.
I reuse as many of the plastic bags that my products arrive in. That may mean an old label underneath a new one, or a slight tear in a bag. If you require or desire gift packaging, please say so and it will arrive in a nice piece of tissue paper inside a new bag.
I am changing over to eco-enclose packaging that is made from 100% post-consumer waste. I still have many bags in stock though, so I'm not sure whether you'll see them in January or June of next year.
One of my local Salem Etsy team members sells mirrors online. Whenever I have too much styrofoam, air packets, bubble wrap, etc., I send it to her for reuse.
All paper gets recycled.
Festival bags - any plastic bags given out during festivals are reused from the packaging the yarn and fiber comes in. They do not have handles. 3 out of 5 of the cities I do festival business have plastic bans, so if you are coming to visit, I recommend bringing your own!