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Indie Fiber Artist Launches Campaign to make Mobile Yarn Studio Reality

Camper

Please help make this crazy yarn lady’s dream come true!
My name is Cyndi and I’m a yarnaholic. I’ve been on a mission to fill the world with fun textures and yummy yarn goodness since the start of The Twisted Purl in 2007. It’s time to take the Purl Portable.

We’ve accomplished a few amazing feats together including beating out some of the largest brands in our state and securing the handmade win in the Battle of the Brands competition.

Through my Facebook Page, Instagram, and website I share the entire handmade yarn process. Through photographs you see how the yarn is made from fluff to string. You take part in the yarn’s handmade journey by turning it into something beautiful to be shared for generations to come.

THE DREAM:
This Fundraiser will enable our Handmade Journey to come directly to you by securing the funds needed to purchase and custom a vintage camper trailer like the 1973 Boler. My dream is to open the doors of our mobile yarn shop and you can come on in to see the yarn, feel the textures, and help to create a special handspun yarn for each and every show we do. Seriously now, how cool would it be to have a mobile yarn shop that can come to your town for you to experience?

The Portable Purl will travel to shows nationwide bringing handmade yarn and fiber creations directly to you. Also, with the help of fantastic local yarn shops, I’d love to set up in their parking lots to have the ultimate handmade yarn trunk show.

Inside the Portable Purl there will be a dedicated area where you can experience the entire handmade process from fluff to string. You will have the option to pick out your very own fluffy fibers and watch as it is turned into yarn through my spinning wheel and leave the shop with your personally created handmade yarn.

Camperback

My ultimate dream is to purchase THIS ACTUAL TRAILER in the photograph, but there are a few variables that are beyond our control. Once I have the funds to make the offer we hope it will be accepted. BUT if it is not, there are a wide variety of optional vintage campers available in my budgeted price range. The money raised will all go directly into the Portable Purl and make this dream a reality.

The entire process of purchasing and customizing the inside of the shop will be shared through our website and on Facebook.

YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Handmade is a story that must be told and this mobile trailer will help tell that story while creating new chapters at every stop we make. With your generous donation you become a part of our handmade story too. Your name will be entwined in a commemorative piece that will proudly be displayed inside the mobile shop for all to see.

GOODIES FOR YOU:
By donating you get mad props, hugs, eternal gratitude, and the awesome knowledge YOU have helped make this portable handmade yarnmobile come true. Each donation gets you a social media shout out and your name will become a part of our history. The more you donate, you will be rewarded with some of the most popular handmade fiber creations we have, like our Felted Soaps and Wool Felted Dryer Balls and of course yarn. At the $100 level you will get a specially made yarn created to match our new mobile shop.

If you want 100% assurance the new Portable Purl will come to your hometown, donate at the Yarnusmaximus Level. I’ll come to your town, do a mobile yarn show anywhere in the US you like! Let you pick out all the fibers for your very own basket of fluff and turn it into yarn while you chill out on the couch in the new mobile shop. *Continental US only, it’d be pretty hard to get this thing overseas….at first 😉

If you are a Local Yarn Shop making a donation, please let me know where you are so we can put you on our future Trunk Show Yarn Shop Tour. I can’t wait to meet you!!!

I dream big dreams. I reach for the impossible. This is yet another impossible that CAN BE reached, but not without your help! Let’s make this a reality so I can share the passion and love of fiber arts nationwide.

To learn more about this campaign and make a small donation please go to: http://GoFundMe.com/TheTwistedPurl


Press Release is available here

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Arkansas Battle of the Brands The Twisted Purl: Spread the Word to Win

Win goodies from @The Twisted Purl Whole Line Giveaway plus help her win the Battle of the Brands by voting http://arksourcelink.com/brands Handmade all the way!

Battle of the Brands Celebration

Final Round:  The Twisted Purl vs Whole Hog Cafe

Help us win this!!!

What a fun ride this has been!  In case you haven’t already seen me squealing everywhere I can about this competition, Arkansas Sourcelink hosted an epic Battle of the Brands for our entire state.  The Twisted Purl has been the underdog from the start and has surprisingly landed in the final round.  Everyone loves handmade!  If you would like to learn more about our journey please check out this previous blog post.

We’re in one last head to head battle versus the oh so yummy Whole Hog Cafe. Voting is still live until April 12 at 4pm CST and I really could use a quick 2 second vote.  Click here to help take handmade yarn all the way and vote for The Twisted Purl.

Win goodies from @The Twisted Purl Whole Line Giveaway plus help her win the Battle of the Brands by voting http://arksourcelink.com/brands Handmade all the way!

HELP US WIN BY SPREADING THE WORD!

If you do any of the following you’ll be entered to win your choice of a skein of Handspun Yarn, a bar of Felted Soap, or a set of our Felted Dryer Balls.  Winner Randomly selected after voting for this final round of Battle of the Brands is over on April 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm CST.  You can enter as many times as you like!  You can do one of these things, or do them all!  Each counts as an entry to the giveaway.

TWEET IT!  Tweet about The Twisted Purl in the Battle of the Brands and be sure to include @TheTwistedPurl so I see you.  OR you can simply Re-Tweet this:

I just helped @TheTwistedPurl in the #BattleoftheBrands with a quick vote: arksourcelink.com/brands and you can too. Handmade for the win!

 

PIN IT! Pin any photo from this page and be sure to include @The Twisted Purl in your comment. (make sure you follow me on Pinterest so I see the tag)

 

INSTAGRAM IT!  Share a picture from our page and tag us @TheTwistedPurl use the hashtag #TheTwistedPurl or make your own funny Meme about Why Yarn is better than BBQ…or say something on Notepad….or…well you get the picture.  I just want to see it!

COMMENT ON IT!  Leave a comment on this blog post and let us know you voted.  Share the voting link: arksourcelink.com/brands and have people vote for The Twisted Purl.  In a comment below let us know where you shared it and that’s another entry for the Giveaway.

 Tell anyone & everyone

Handmade all the way for the win!!!

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Conway Art Walk Video

Below is a video made by Eric White from The Log Cabin.  It’s of all the vendors setting up and selling during the 2nd Conway Art Walk on April 13, 2012.  Keep an eye out for one of my sheep Pompoms!  Love it!!!

The next Conway Art Walk is May 11, 2012.  I’m going to be yarn bombing a bike during the event, so stop by and check it out!

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How to make Pompom Streamers

I have been on a Pompom kick lately.  But between me and you, pompoms on hats and things is just not my thing.  So, what’s a girl to do?  I have close to 100 pompoms.  I’m helping with an upcoming Yarn Bombing project and some of them will be used there, but until then…I had to share some of them with you.  For the love of Pompoms and all:

These Pompom streamers are easy to make!  Just make a pompom and use about a foot long string to tie off the middle of the pompom.  Tie each pompom together using a bow.  Tada!!!  You have your very own pompom streamers.  Easy peasy!

Here are a few of my other favorite pompoms from the last few days:

Sheep Pompom
More Pompoms

 

Want to start your very own Pompom obsession?  Vogue Knitting has a great tutorial on How to Make Pompoms, CLICK HERE.  It even includes a printable PDF pompom maker template.

Want to make hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds on Pompoms at a time?  Check out this video on Craft: CLICK HERE  With this method you really need to spend a bit more time shaping each pompom.

Until next time!  Happy Crafting!  🙂