North Country at Work: spinning a passion for yarn in Chazy with Heidi Fortsch
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North Country at Work: spinning a passion for yarn in Chazy with Heidi Fortsch

Heidi Fortsch in her booth at a fiber festival in 2018. Photo: Heidi Fortsch Ask her to choose a favorite is like asking her to choose a favorite child, but she concedes she’s pretty crazy about Lincoln Long Wool: “It’s silky and lustrous, it takes dye well, it’s got this amazing curl…” Heidi then proceeds to name another three favorites. Her love of wool makes sense; for the last seven years, she’s been dying and spinning yarn. First it was just for herself, but then it morphed into a side business, Brown Dog Fiber Arts Studio, that has grown bigger and bigger every year. “On a whim I bought a wheel” One of Heidi’s wheels. Photo: Heidi Fortsch Heidi’s journey started in the late 2000s, when she took up knitting as a hobby. However, after a few years she became dissatisfied with the yarn and fiber options she was finding in stores. She wanted natural fibers, not acrylic, and was disappointed when her work would pill or fall apart. “There was a lot of acrylic, not a lot of natural fibers. And they don’t hold up. So you take all this time making something… I was fussy about texture […]

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