Bumblebirch specializes in high-quality hand-dyed yarn that promotes the sustainable craft of handmade clothing. I use an eco-friendly process: I dye every skein of yarn with love and care in small batches in my home using non-toxic dye and mordants. I minimize waste by reusing water and by using recycled materials in my office and for shipping. My dyeing method produces semi-solid, tonal and subtly variegated yarn that has visual depth and saturated color.
What started as a creative outlet in 2008 grew into a pleasant obsession by the fall of 2009. A line of simple handmade stitch markers evolved into hand-dyed yarn, project bags, paper goods, and a seasonal Yarn Club.
My inspiration is eclectic; I love to see modern forms contrasted with classic details, and I attribute this to my education in architecture, obsession with classic literature, and passion for the natural environment. Architecture training is also where I learned to be creative, communicate visually, and use both sides of my brain. My favorite part of school was design and visual communication, which is probably why I’d rather dye yarn fabulous colors rather than sit at a computer drafting all day. I’m an ambitious crafter so it was an easy jump to making pretty notions and dying yarn for a living.
I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2006 and have called it home ever since. My house is filled with peace and laughter thanks to my husband and our sweet little boy. I enjoy nature, books, food, knitting, and sewing. In summertime you can find me at the local food festivals or hiking, and in the winter I’ll be in the kitchen baking or buried under a pile of blankets and happily knitting.