Sustainability Resources

PGHW member Gigi Matthews’ is known for her sustainable fiber resources. PGHW and Gigi Matthew’s have resourced local sustainable choices for our fiber arts projects: 


Sustainable Yarn Resources (mostly local)

Wild Hand in Mt. Airy, organic offerings

Weaverhouse in the Bok Building in South Philly also has a wide selection of natural and sustainable yarns:

NJ Fibershed has a listing of yarn produced at local farms in NJ:

Silk City Yarns in Carlstadt, NJ has an EcoCotton that can be found here:

Though not traditionally local, Echoview Fibermill in Weaverville, NC focuses on sustainable fiber:

Tin Can Knits has a beautiful tutorial on how to recycle yarn from a sweater:


Support your local farmer

NJ Breeders of Gotland Sheep 

NJ Breeders of Coopworth Sheep

Where to find rare sheep breeds for their fiber

Fibershed is a non-profit organization that develops equity-focused regional and land regenerating natural fiber and dye systems.


Natural Dyeing Resources


Exploring regional mushroom and lichen dye palettes

Natural Dye and Supplies


Here is a list of resources Gigi has given in many of her national talks. This is from a list originally posted on the MAFA (Mid-Atlantic Fiber Assoc.) site. 

The Big Picture – How the Fiber industry is contributing to Global Climate warming

Traditional sustainability

Suggested reading: Journals and Books

New fibers and processes