How did Neighborhood Fiber Co. get started?
Neighborhood Fiber Co. began in the kitchen of a basement apartment in the LeDroit Park neighborhood of Washington, DC. Stirred by her surroundings, Karida Collins set out to provide the world with hand-dyed yarns inspired by and named to reflect the natural beauty and diverse neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital. Since then, she has added many more colors to reflect a multitude of neighborhoods, both inside and outside of DC. Now based in Baltimore, MD, Neighborhood Fiber Co. continues to offer vibrant, one-of-a-kind colors inspired by urban landscapes.
Where are you located? Can I come visit/shop?
Our studio store is located in an old firehouse in downtown Baltimore at 700 N. Eutaw Street (where N. Eutaw, Centre, and Druid Hill meet). Our production studio is downstairs and the yarn shop is on the 2nd floor.
Friday & Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - by appointment
If you have a large group that would like to visit when we aren't usually open, let us know and we'll see what we can do. To set up an appointment, please send us an email.
Where should I park?
The 700 block of N. Eutaw Street! It is only 1 block north of the firehouse and there is rarely anyone parked there. Street parking in the area is metered ($2 per hour), though you can sometimes find free parking if you're willing to look.
Should you wish to take public transportation, we are only 1 block up the hill from the Centre Street Light Rail station.
Where can I find Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarns?
Do you accept returns/exchanges?
For the most part, yes. Limited edition colors, club membership payments and club yarn, and yarn purchased during our annual Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales are final and nonrefundable.
Outside of those items, we are happy to accept returns and exchanges provided you have a receipt (email copy is fine) and the product is in its original condition. This means the tag and dye ties (the cotton strings) are still attached and the yarn has not been wound or re-skeined. We are unable to accept returns on any yarn that has other animal fiber on it or has a noticeable fragrance (perfume, smoke, etc.).
Returns within 60 days of purchase will have the full price refunded in the same method of payment. Returns after 60 days will receive store credit. Please note that we are only able to accept returns and exchanges of products purchased directly from Neighborhood Fiber Co. from our retail shop, at a show, or through our online store.
What is your cancellation policy for classes?
For Dyeing Workshops & Visiting Teachers- We require 10 days notice that you cannot attend the class, in order to issue a full refund. Any cancellation that occurs closer to the date of the workshop, will not receive a refund.
All other classes- Please notify us within 5 days of the class date in order to receive a full refund.
For Dye Retreats- We require 30 days notice that you cannot attend in order to receive a full refund.
There is a problem with my yarn, what should I do?
If there is a dye or spinning defect, please let us know! We are only human and sometimes we make mistakes. We are extremely proud of what we make and want our customers to be happy, so we will make it right! If you purchased yarn from your LYS store, please return it to the store and they can contact us.
Do you custom dye yarn to match my couch/rug/heirloom quilt?
Generally speaking, we only dye colors developed in our studio working with our existing dyes. However, once or twice a year we offer custom dye services when we will be happy to dye yarn inspired by whatever you'd like (please note that we will not custom dye yarn to match another company's yarn).
I have a previously purchased skein that I am trying to match. Do you have dye lots?
We do not track dye lots. We dye yarn in 24 quart pots with between 3 and 10 skeins per pot, depending on the yarn. Just because 2 skeins came out of the same pot does not mean they will match! That said, we are more than happy to match any skeins you have. We prefer that you send the skein (or a sample) that you are trying to match to the studio so we can match it for you. If this isn't an option for you, we will do our best with a picture. If we do not have a good match available, we charge a $10 fee to dye custom matched yarn. Alternatively, if the yarn is still in original condition (see our returns/exchanges policy above), we can treat the original skein as an exchange and send you new, matching ones.
Will you wind my skein for me?
We now offer winding services! Please see the listing for more details.