Interview with Candice of The Farmer's Daughter Fibers

We were delighted to have the opportunity to chat to Candice of The Farmer's Daughter Fibers! We've been lucky enough to use The Farmer's Daughter Fibers yarn in both our quarterly magazine and in a Pom Pom Press publication, and we can confirm that it's dreamy stuff! Pictured above is Earthen from Issue 29, shown in Juicy DK in the shade Willow Creek, and pictured below is Merywen from Ready Set Raglan which uses two yarns held together: Oh Dang in the shade Sunday Mimosas and Soka’pii in the shade Sunny’s. 

It was our pleasure to ask Candice questions all about her yarn and her love of Dolly Parton. Please enjoy! 

For our readers who aren’t familiar with The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers, tell us a little about yourself and your business! 

My name is Candice English and I am the owner of Farmer's Daughter Fibers. Our hand dyed yarn is inspired by our Piikuni Culture and Montana Roots. This inspiration usually lends itself to creating nostalgic colorways and fibers that are unique. I started dyeing yarn in my basement 5 years ago and built it from a one-woman show to a family owned business with 10 amazing employees! In September of 2020 we opened a yarn shop located in Downtown Great Falls, Montana. Our goal is to create an inclusive fiber arts community, whether you live 5 minutes or 5,000 miles away!

The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers sells materials for knitting, sewing, and weaving! Which is your craft of choice?

It changes a lot these days. To be honest the pandemic took away a lot of my love and drive to knit. I am realizing that a lot of my creative energy is going more and more to creating fun things for others to make . Allowing myself to not feel bad for taking extended breaks from my making has been challenging but I think I am getting it! Once the cold weather starts to hit I'll be back to marathon knit sessions!

Which yarn of yours do you automatically reach for and why? 

Pishkun and Soka'pii. They are our non superwash yarns that are raised in Montana and Wyoming and processed in Wyoming. There's something so special about these yarns! My next go-to is Foxy Lady as silk and mohair are my dream fibers!

It’s no secret that you love Dolly Parton! How do you go about translating Dolly’s spirit into different colourways for your yarn subscriptions?

Coming up with the colors for this was the most fun I have had in the dye studio in a long time. There are so many reasons I love Dolly, but one of the things that draws me to her most is her connection to her spirituality. How she turns that connection with her creator to then create something beautiful, I mean....isn't that what it's all about?! I listened to her book Song Teller for even more inspiration. After a five mile walk and listening to my favorite chapters, I basically had everything I wanted to do laid out.

Can you tell us about Sisters United, and how crafters can support this initiative?

I started Sisters United in January of 2018, first as an initiative to raise money for MMIP (Missing and Murdered Indigenous People). The response from the Fiber Arts community was overwhelming. After a short time I realized the dire need for a program that was dedicated to healing Indigenous Women, Children, and Families. In 2020 we became a 501c3 and then this past January we were able to hire our first employee! You can see all of the information here and purchase merch for Sisters United here

What's something on your mind this week? 

I have spent the last 4 weeks just really enjoying my summer with family and friends. I have been all over Montana: Babb, the Flathead Valley, Missoula, and White Sulphur Springs area. My love for Montana and the traditional lands here just get stronger all the time, so I am really thinking about how that can come out in my work for 2022. Inspiration is brewing! 

What has brought you joy recently?

Seeing my friends again! My theme in life right now is about having fun and making the most of everything. So much to be joyous about! 

Pictured here is the colourway Two Medicne.

Do you have anything new and exciting on the horizon which you’d like to share with our readers?

Oh yes! Shelli Martinez of Shelli Can, Rachel Bratcher from Ritual Dyes, and I have been working on a project for some time now and we are finally starting to share more! You can follow our journey @pieceshandbook and sign up for our newsletter here!  

Thank you so much for answering our questions, Candice! We can't wait to see what comes out of your inspiring four weeks travelling around Montana and its traditional lands! 

If you'd like to be in with the chance of getting your hands on Candice's beautiful yarn, remember to enter our KAL before the end of July! One of July's lucky winners will receive a $60 voucher for The Farmer's Daughter Fiber's online shop - woohoo! Find out how you can enter our KAL here, everyone is welcome! July's winners will be announced on Monday 2nd August - stay tuned! xxx 
Pictured here is Pishkun in colorways Bear Gulch, Theresa, and Teton.

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