A Visit to Echoview Fiber Mill

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

Don't you love it when things just fall into place?? I know I do!! Especially when it involves buying more yarn! ;)

Last week we were on a family trip that circled up to Kentucky, back through east Tennessee, across North Carolina, landed in Hilton Head, SC for a few days (maybe you saw a few of my beach pictures?), up through Atlanta and back home to Nashville. 

Yes, a looooong trip with 4 teenage girls and a 4 year old boy! 

We had many highlights on the trip, but for me the last minute plan to visit Echoview Fiber Mill in Weaverville, NC was awesome! I have been wanting to see the mill for a few years now - ever since I meet Melissa and Amalia at STITCHES South 3 years ago. It was then that I discovered their wonderful, natural dyed yarns and learned about their unique, sustainable fiber mill.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

When I looked at the map and realized that if we spent the night in Asheville, NC we would be pretty close to Echoview, I knew I had to make a visit happen. Thank goodness for social media!! Via Facebook I was able to contact Amalia and see if a tour was possible. Normal tour days are Tuesday, but we could only come on Monday. Networking has it pluses, and she was available to give us a personal tour.

For those of you too far away to visit Echoview Fiber Mills, I'll take you on a photography tour.

When you enter their building it puts you right into their yarn store. I believe this is to wet your yarn appetite!

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

You can't go down onto the mill production floor, but they have a nice windowed walkway on the floor above, giving you a panoramic view of the entire process.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

Depending on the type of fiber being milled, it is processed through many different types of machines from washing the fibers, picking it, making it into rovings, and finally spinning it into yarn that you can purchase. 

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

Each machine is numbered to help you understand the flow of the process. It's really amazing that they can start with some fuzzy looking fibers - Alpaca, Wool, Buffalo, and more - even a blend of fibers, and finish with a beautiful hank of yarn.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

We continued on to their knitting and design room. I've never seen a huge knitting machine! The patterns are designed on a computer, then inputted into this machine along with the yarns, to create the actual design.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

This is the other end of the knitting and design room. It is full of sewing machines, mannequins, and projects in process. Don't you love those felted wall hangings on the back wall? 

What I especially loved about the design of the building was all the windows! To the left of the picture above is a large windowed garage door that opened to the production floor below. In the back you can see all the lovely trees in this area of North Carolina.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

Echoview also has a classroom where they teach knitting, crochet, weaving, basket making, natural yarn dyeing and more. You can see their up coming classes here

Their classroom is available for rent to hold your own classes.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

I loved the simplicity and coordination of the natural wood in the classroom from the weaving looms to the storage bookcases.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

This is Echoview's conference room where they hold their company meetings. You can also rent this room for your own group meetings.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

And what craft-oriented place isn't complete without a craft book library?? Their library is comprised of the personal craft books of Julie Jensen, the owner of Echoview. Here is saw knitting, crochet, drawing, paper craft and other kinds of craft books.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

I thought this paper craft wall hanging in the library was fun!

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

And we ended our tour back in their storefront. Yes - I did purchase some yarn - several hanks of a beautiful heather purple and gray yarn. Now to decide what to do with it!

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

We also purchased some of their honey from the Echoview Farm down the road.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

Echoview is America's first LEED Gold Certified manufacturing mill. You can read more about the fiber mill in this blog post I wrote a while back.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

This is the natural dyeing garden at Echoview where they grow the plants they use for natural dyeing of some of their yarns.

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

To be LEED certified a building has to meet certain criteria. This is their solar powered electric car charging station. 

A visit to Echoview Fiber Mill by Angela Plunkett of Little Monkeys Design.

I was so excited to have finally been able to tour Echoview's fiber mill. It was a check on my bucket list! I encourage you to drive a few miles off the highway next time you're near Asheville, NC and have a tour yourself. 

Be sure to check out their website and join their newsletter list to know about their classes, yarn sales, and crafting nights. 

They have a beautiful Instagram account too at @echoviewnc.



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