Fiber, Locally Sourced
How to Shop
Virtual Booth Tour Video
- Free shipping on orders over $50.
- Spend $100+, get a $15 gift card. Spend $200+, get a $30 gift card. Gift cards will be expedited the week after MDSW and can be used anytime after that!
- The FIRST 25 orders over $100 get their choice of free gift: a Home Row Fiber Co merino skull notions zipper pouch, or an O-Wool enamel pin.
The O in O-Wool is for organic! O-Wool is based in South Jersey and is owned by Jocelyn Tunney and is run in conjunction with long-time employee Claire Crawford.
Our yarns are spun, dyed, and finished in the USA. Some of our vendors are hyper-local – about 30-45min drive from our studio. The fiber used for our yarns is certified-organic, and our manufacturers are guided by organic processing standards.
We currently have 7 yarns.
- O-Wash is an organic washable worsted-spun wool yarn. Available in Fingering, Sport, Worsted, and Chunky. Available in 36-46 colors depending on yarn weight.
- Classic Worsted is an aran-weight woolen-spun classic wool yarn. Available in 29 colors.
- Local is a single-ply woolen-spun worsted-weight 50% wool/50% alpaca. The alpaca fiber in this yarn is sourced locally – a 1hr radius of Philadelphia.
- Balance is the perennial favorite of the O-Wool line, but it won’t be restocked well until Fall 2021. It’s a 50% wool / 50% cotton worsted-weight yarn, and we have approx. 24 colors currently available.
Our FAQ about our product is here: https://o-wool.com/pages/faq
And “Our Story” in more detail is here: https://o-wool.com/pages/our-story
Covid hit our supply chain really hard, and after a year of having very little inventory, we will be restocked in time for MDSW!
I (Jocelyn) own a small hobby farm and informal animal rescue. I signed my young former-racehorse up for a competition on May 1st – foolish me. So I’ll be available hit or miss on Saturday May 1st, but will be completely available for customers on Sunday May 2nd.
I’m happy to take photos of color combos for you and help however I can to make your virtual shopping experience as personal as possible.
Thanks for supporting two years of Virtual MDSW! Can’t wait to see everyone in person next year.
Opalessence Fiber Studio
Fiber, Hand-Dyed or Hand-Spun
How to Shop
Virtual Booth Tour
Livestreams on Facebook Live
Saturday, 10:30 – 11:30 am EDT
Warping your Loom using Warping Helpers
Sunday, 1:30 – 2 pm EDT
Using a Warping Mill to Measure your Yarn
20% off all yarn and free shipping, going on now on etsy.com/shop/maverickson. No coupon needed.
Margery Erickson has been a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen since 1991. She is a Master Artisan in the area of hand weaving and specializes in wearable art. She creates most of her fabric by hand dying warps that are between 20 and 30 yards long and uses bamboo, tencel, cotton chenille and wool yarns.
Her formal education includes a degree in Social Science from Penn State and a Masters degree from Millersville University in Special Education. She has been designing and making clothing since she was 13. In 1990 she took her first weaving class at the Manning’s in East Berlin, PA. Other weaving instruction continued through workshops and home study courses. She believes practice and perseverance helped her become an accomplished weaver.
In addition Margery is an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor, and a retired educator.
In her words:
“When I was a teen I enjoyed sewing my own clothes, creating a unique style. In my mid thirties I saw someone weaving fabric. If I could weave I could create my own fabric to sew.
One weaving class, one loom, one yard of fabric… Changed my life!
Fiber for spinning, knitting, and weaving is hand dyed in small quantities. Each color combination is very limited. Some fiber is hand spun into yarn and can be purchased.
Most of the fabric is made from hand dyed, hand woven bamboo, tencel or cotton yarn. Each item is either one of a kind or limited edition. These colorful fabrics are woven for easy care and a soft touch.
We also rescue pre-owned fiber equipment, recondition if needed and make it available for purchase at affordable prices.”