Are you up for a 5-Day Challenge? Maybe you’ve been following along over the last year and have had a growing interest in starting your own artisan fiber mill. There is easily space for another 125 startups just in the United States alone. How can we come alongside other pioneers in the fiber frontier and … Continue reading “I Wanna Start A Mill!” & the 5-Day Challenge…
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)
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)
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
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
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!
Overview: The rewards in business are always in direct proportion to the difficulty of the problems that they solve. (rough paraphrase of a quote from Elon Musk) What are the problems currently unsolved in the niche artisan textile industry? Join us for a walk through the essential questions that need to be addressed in order … Continue reading Natural Fiber Extravaganza Seminar: Launching the next successful mill business
Part 2 of 4: Come & See Tour Analysis – Wrapping my head around the “creativity quotient” of our industry On a scale of 1 to 10, how creative are you? Your answer to that question is directly linked to the perception of your identity. Most of us have or will struggle with identity issues … Continue reading Who are we?