By Anne Podlesak.
Owners/Dyers: Ceylan and Maria
Shop: Two If By Hand
Q: How did you decide to start an indie fiber business?
It was a pretty organic event for us. Ceylan started spinning in September of 2009 and while Maria resisted for awhile, she followed suit in February of 2010. We’d both dabbled in yarn and fiber dying just enough to peak our interest and around the same time, we’d started talking about doing an etsy shop for some kind of fibery pursuit. We talked about selling handspun but rather quickly moved to and settled on dyed fiber – both to satisfy our own Indie-Dyed fiber wants and to offer our own color perspectives and visions to fellow spinners!
Q: Favorite fiber/yarn and favorite color?
Ceylan loves the softies – Merino, silk blends, Merino/Cashmere/Nylon… and the purples! Bright purple, bruised purple, bloody reds, that’s where Ceylan really shines! Maria goes for the rustic fibers for sure – Shetland, Corriedale, Falkland, Romney… and loves yellows, bright turquoise, murky greens, and browns. It works out well to have both of us dying together – we really push each other into new territories.
Q: Sources of inspiration? What things do you see cropping up over and over in your colorways and/or designs?
We get a lot of inspiration from photographs, song titles and lyrics, and tv and movies (Harry Potter, Mad Men, Arrested Development, etc). Sometimes we’ll see a color paring in an outfit that we want to translate to fiber and other times an idea just flies from our heads into the dye pot. In terms of patterns, we both tend to add a splash of our favorite colors to whatever will sit still :-)
Q: What project(s) are you working on in your spare time?
We’re both knitting a lot – Ceylan participates in IntKniSweMoDo each year and Maria just tries to keep up with her insane productivity :-) Obviously, we both spin as well and are always balancing the fiber buying with the fiber using – something most spinners can relate to! Ceylan also sells her handspun at pliedtogether.etsy.com, so she’s always to be found at her wheel or with her needles!
Q: Other mediums you like to work in?
Here’s a secret – Ceylan is exceptionally gifted at embroidery and needlepoint, though she doesn’t pursue it anymore. She’s also a great beader, making wonderful stitch markers for swap partners and friends. Maria weaves on her Schacht Cherry Mighty Wolf and doodles very badly in map pencil most nights before dinner.