Sheep farmers, wool mill owners and processors, yarn shop owners, and wool artisans on the not too far away Olympic Peninsula in Western Washington have banded together, with assistance from the Northwest Cooperative Development Center and the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development fund, to create the Pacific Northwest Fiber Web cooperative. This 12-minute documentary describes the state of the niche wool industry in that area and how the Fiber Web is making a difference by fostering mutual support among its members.
Their stated mission is to optimize local resource management of fiber production and create high quality, regionally branded merchandise to support the local fiber community by developing an Olympic Peninsula “fibershed”, providing fiber growers and artisans an economic return to help sustain their small farm wool raising and crafting traditions.
As a shop owner who finds it impossible to consistently source locally produced yarn, I think it be wonderful to have a local organization modeled on this one. Could we do it?