The journey began around 1988, when Lynn learned to weave. Not being able to find the yarns she envisioned, she learned to spin so she could have more of a variety of things to work with. In weaving, you have a lot of loom waste, called "Thrums". Not wanting to waste those precious handspun yarns, Lynn began to cut up and toss those thrums into freshly dyed wool and have them carded together.
Local spinners saw her spinning these clouds, and asked if they could buy them. Lynn's 1st reaction was to say, No, but soon thought it was a way to make some extra money; the problem was she did not want to spin the yarn just to cut it back up again, as the demand for Thrums™ was growing. Through a series of contacts in buying the much needed scrap yarns from producers, she met a millwright who suggested she buy her own carder and make the Thrums™ herself. He was able to help Lynn purchase a card, which became known as Meriwether.
There was much work involved in taking a 1923 circa, Davis and Ferber card and getting her to work. It took a year of cleaning, purchasing missing pieces, to get Meriwether up and running. At that time we did not take on customers. We needed to learn more about all the fibers that might present themselves. We wanted to be a little prepared. We opened the doors in 1995 with washing and carding services only.
Working on our home site, insures our youngest son, Deanie, gets the attention he needs. He is deaf and a quadriplegic, due to a virus Lynn had while pregnant. He is the joy of our life. His smile will light up your heart. Deanie is also the boss- he keeps us in line.
One of our main goals, besides offering high quality products created for the individual rancher and fleece in mind, is the Education of our customers. We offer them encouragement and ideas to help them sell their value added products. Our desire is to give our customers reasons to encourage the purchase of their own products, being proud that their yarns, felt, fleeces and roving come from small family farms and ranches who desire to advance their sustainability efforts of their land and animals. We LOVE our people, their animals, and care deeply about the relationships we cultivate. Ask many of our customers, turned friends, it is a circle of caring that reaches beyond making a dollar and fiber manufacturing.
As we walk this venture together, let us never forget, and continue to teach others about the thoughtfulness and ecologically friendly products each ranch represents, offering good from the ground up, creating a unique and truly American product, We hope in a small way, we are encouraging an economic and rural revival of America.
Our Mission since 1995
Jim and Lynn Snell have been encouraging our customers to promote the “slow making” and “slow textile” movement that reconnects us to the source of the fibers we wear and use in our homes. This is similar to the farm-to-fork, “slow food” movement, that reconnects us to our food.
Education of animal raisers, shepherds and shepherdess’, who in turn will educate the public, is of prime importance at Spinderella’s Fiber Mill. Offering a unique, farm to home product is what many people are looking for. Many consumers desire to know where their products come from, how it’s made, but most importantly, they are looking for a comfort level in how you treat both animals and land.
May The LORD GOD bless you and your family today with His abundant mercies and LOVE. We thank HIM daily for the opportunity to work with some wonderful animal fibers & the people who shepherd them. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)““Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
We love our family and enjoy promoting things they are doing. Our youngest daughter has been creating fun jewelry that allows you to change the look as quickly, if not quicker than you can change your clothes. She is also doing Facebook and Online Party's! Check her out and follow her please. Go to: