Flying Fibers is happy to be your local source for all of your Knitting, Crochet, Spinning, Weaving and Felting needs. Located in scenic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, we are just minutes from the Park City Mall in Lancaster, and an easy drive from the Elizabethtown, Hershey, Harrisburg and Lebanon areas.
Flying Fibers specializes in yarn, fiber and roving from rare breed and locally raised sheep as well as other fiber-producing animals. You will be delighted with our selection of sustainable, fair trade, unusual fibers, yarns, and handmade products. It is our goal to provide the handspinner and felter with the largest selection of roving in Central Pennsylvania.
Additionally, we are the exclusive retailer in the United States for Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop Yarns from Yorkshire, England. Other yarns in stock include Rowan, Baah, Classic Elite, Cascade, Universal, Zealana, Appalachian Baby Design, Skacel Yarns, The Alpaca Yarn Company, Frog Tree, Kraemer Yarns (milled and spun in Nazareth, Pennsylvania), and more.
Spinning and Weaving equipment and supplies are available and in stock including products from carry Ashford, Kromski, Louet, Schacht, and Majacraft.
Flying Fibers is brought to you by the mother-daughter team of Jeri Robinson-Lawrence and Irina Lawrence. Both women are passionate about providing beautiful products to crafters of any skill, as well as promoting the preservation of rare breed sheep. In addition to owning the shop, Jeri and Irina have a flock of rare breed Wensleydale sheep, and endangered Leicester Longwool sheep. Based on the season, there is this local fiber available in-store. Jeri’s best friend, Ellen Anderson, is manager of Flying Fibers, so you’ll see her in the shop throughout the week. These three women are extremely passionate about the fiber arts and are regularly willing to share their knowledge and expertise with whoever desires.
Jeri Robinson-Lawrence, Flying Fibers' co-owner, began knitting at the age of 10 however she put it aside until the age of 30 when she visited her husband's family in England. Her in-laws took her to an agricultural fair and she was in awe of people shearing sheep, knitting with roving (forget about the yarn), spinning, and weaving. In the mid-90's she visited Yorkshire, England with the family and the sheep and wool bug bit even deeper. It was there that she fell in love with the wool from the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep. It took some time but Jeri now has a flock of these magnificent creatures. She simply adores these sheep and the gifts that they provide her for her fiber arts activities. If you are interested in following the exploits of Jeri's sheep you can follow them at the Flying Fibers Flock facebook page!
Irina Lawrence, Jeri's daughter and co-owner of Flying Fibers, grew up being dragged to fiber festivals and lectures on rare breed sheep and genetic diversity. She learned to knit at the age of 6, and got her first spinning wheel at the age of 9. Her real commitment and passion for the fiber arts began when she was 13 and since then she hasn't stopped knitting, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and crocheting. She regularly works in the shop and hopes to one day take over the business. Irina raises Satin Angora Rabbits, and was gifted a breeding pair of rare, heritage Leicester Longwool Sheep in 2013. She is now a junior board member for the Leicester Longwool Sheep Breeders Association and has a flock of 8 Leicester Longwools!
Ellen Anderson, shop manager, is a long time shepherdess and spinner who is often referred to as "the bunny lady." She publicly demonstrates spinning angora fiber directly from the rabbit in her lap. Ellen enjoys spinning primarily but also appreciates a wide variety of the fiber arts. Ellen's fiber animals include Leicester Longwool Sheep, CVM/Romeldale Sheep, Icelandic Sheep, Angora Goats, and Angora Rabbits. You can follow Ellen's farm adventures on her website.