Lunatic Fringe Yarns was born from a desire to weave a color gamp using a consistent set of yarns. At the time, these yarns didn’t exist, so Michele and a wonderful group of weavers in North Florida spent the day dying cotton yarn to make a spectrum for a color gamp.
Gamp Kits to Convergence
A little while later, the biennial handweaving conference, Convergence, came along. Michele, as a young weaver, wanted to go to the weaving Mecca and made enough Tubular Spectrum™ Gamp kits to pay her way. The kits were a huge success, and Michele came home with enough orders to keep her busy dyeing yarn for a month. After that, she couldn’t keep up with demand, and because she lived in the southeast where textile production was happening, she found a dyehouse who would work with her and the color gamp business took off!
After 15 years and lots of twists and turns in life, Michele needed a new business partner. Katzy had been helping in the business for a few years and thought it would be fun to join in as an official Lunatic, especially as her second child was only 6 months old. She must have been a true Lunatic! However, the business continued to grow and once we got the business online, things really started jumping. Lunatic Fringe Yarns became internationally known, and our unique yarns found their way around the world. We expanded the Tubular Spectrum™ yarns to include 5/2, 10/2 and 20/2 sizes. Then the opportunity arose to work with the Sustainable Cotton Project in California, and before we knew it, our own line of American Maid™ Yarns were born.
In 2012, the whirlwind of life blew Katzy along with the warehouse and day-to-day operations of Lunatic Fringe Yarns out to the Pacific Northwest to a little corner of southwestern Idaho. We love the weaving and spinning community out here too and are excited that we made the move to a new region of the country.
The last chapter of the Lunatic book so far to be written is that Michele has moved out west. She is currently residing in southern California for most of the year, meeting a new group of weavers and artists in California and trying to decide who she wants to be when she grows up. She has recently been spending lots of time in Idaho to help out with the craziness of the pandemic.
And with the continually growing business, now our Lunatic family continues to grow. Jenne: Director of Lunatic Operations, Missy: Shipping and Social Media Lunatic, Stephen: Managing Warehouse Lunatic, and Trix, Ginny, Dana and Lisa are our wonderful Winding Lunatics. And of course, Katzy and Michele are still the General Lunatics. What a crazy bunch!
We would love to hear from you! Please call us at 800-483-8749 or 208-452-4948. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.