AFMN Radio Broadcast – Max Mason – Craft Beer

So two weekends ago the AFMN launched a YouTube Channel be sure to subscribe. This broadcast will host a series of episodes in response to not being able to host a live summit in Lebanon, TN last weekend (due to the COVID-19). They are calling it the AFMN Radio Broadcast. In the first episode, they … Continue reading AFMN Radio Broadcast – Max Mason – Craft Beer

The Fiber Patriot Project: A Call to Help Establish Guidelines for Best Practices

Introduction to the project… For over three decades the artisan fiber mill industry has been maturing little by little. This continued effort has caused legitimate small scale “fiber forests” to reemerge on rural landscapes around the globe. This initial blog post is a call to fiber patriot pioneers to join in this timely project. We … Continue reading The Fiber Patriot Project: A Call to Help Establish Guidelines for Best Practices

The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Welcome to another long winding post about the realities of spinning yarn. It’s like skeining up 500 yard lace weight skeins. If I turn the winder up all the way hoping to shorten the time, this yarn is going to break, and cause nightmares for both of us. If I slow this all the way … Continue reading The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

Last week we began this three part series on the realities of spinning yarn. In that post we started off by defining terms: TPI, WPI, and YPP. By the end we had highlighted four realities that any mill is faced with when deciding what yarns they are going to make and how that relates to … Continue reading Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

The Realities of Spinning Yarn

When you’re in the business of fiber processing, there are four realities of spinning yarn that directly impact your bottom line. They will have influence over your workshop every day. These realities have a direct connection to the amount of production and therefore profit that you’re company will be able to realize. And most importantly, … Continue reading The Realities of Spinning Yarn

Black Swans & their Upside…

I recently listened to a podcast with Paul Spiegelman interviewing Jack Stack, that discussed Black Swans & their Upside. It was pitched with the caveat, “if you can last that long”. On wikipedia, Black swan theory is defined as a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often … Continue reading Black Swans & their Upside…

Cotton Core To Your Door

Cotton core to your door goes back over a decade. It was early fall in 2008 when a new tool showed up at our mill. It was the Rug Yarn Maker from Belfast Mini Mills LTD. Two years later it was 25% of our business revenue. By 2013 the “trend” was generating an average of … Continue reading Cotton Core To Your Door

Fiber Mills in the US…

Are you interested in joining other artisan fiber mills in the US to slow down fast fashion? There’s so much that needs to change in the world of textiles and fashion, and artisan fiber mills are playing a key role. It goes beyond sustainability and moral issues. It has left the fabric of our culture … Continue reading Fiber Mills in the US…

ATTN: Fiber Mill Owners Unite!

Since January of 2011 there has been a fiber mill owners group on Facebook that now has 260 members. We interact with each other on a daily basis. This is a great way to engage with other owners/operators of fiber process equipment who own/run their own small business. These networking opportunities might be something you … Continue reading ATTN: Fiber Mill Owners Unite!