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 (bring whatever you're working on and join us for crafternoons Fridays & Saturdays from 12-2pm!)
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 at 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?
You have a lot of different types of yarn! How do I know which one is which?
We do have a lot of different types! From lace weight to extra bulky, we really do try to have something for everyone. Each type of yarn has its own listing with more information, which is linked below.
Maisonette: fine lace weight, 50% merino/50% tussah silk,1250 yards/4 oz
Chromium: fine lace weight, 69% silk noil/31% stainless steel, 440 yards/1 oz
Loft: lace weight, 60% kid mohair/40% silk, 350 yards/1 oz
Capital Luxury Lace: 3-ply heavy lace/light fingering weight, 80% wool/10% cashmere/10% nylon, 560 yards/4 oz
Penthouse Silk Fingering: 2-ply light fingering weight, 100% silk, 500 yards/4 oz
Rustic Fingering: single-ply fingering weight, 100% superwash merino, 475 yards/4oz
Studio Sock: 8-ply fingering weight, 100% superwash merino, 400 yards/4 oz
Cobblestone Sock: 3-ply fingering weight, 75% BFL/15% cashmere/10% silk, 400 yards/4 oz
Capital Luxury Sport: 3-ply sport weight, 70% merino/20% cashmere/10% nylon, 360 yards/4 oz
Studio DK: 3-ply DK weight, 100% superwash merino, 275 yards/4 oz
Cobblestone DK: 3-ply DK weight, 75% BFL/15% cashmere/10% silk, 275 yards/4 oz
Rustic Worsted: single-ply worsted weight, 100% superwash merino, 275 yards/4 oz
Studio Worsted: 4-ply worsted weight, 100% superwash merino, 400 yards/8 oz
Cobblestone Worsted: 4-ply worsted weight, 75% BFL/15% cashmere/10% silk, 200 yards/4 oz
Studio Chunky: 6-ply bulky weight, 100% superwash merino, 125 yards/4 oz
Rustic Bulky: single-ply super bulky weight, 100% merino, 140 yards/8.8 oz
Cobblestone Roving: spinning fiber, 75% BFL, 25% silk, 4 oz per braid
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 or through our online store. Returns and exchanges of yarn purchased at shows will be handled on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information.
What is your cancellation policy for classes?
For Dye Retreats - full refunds will be issued if cancellation is received prior to 30 days before the start of the retreat. Any cancellation made within less than 30 days' notice will only receive a refund if we are able to sell the spot.
For Dyeing Workshops & Visiting Teachers - full refunds will be issued if cancellation is received prior to 10 days before class. Any cancellation made with less than 10 days' notice will not receive a refund.
All other classes - full refunds will be issued if cancellation is received prior to 5 days before the class date. Any cancellation made with less than 5 days' notice will not receive a 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.