Jennifer & Tristan Lienhard run their fibre and dyeing business Apple Oak Fibre Works from their home in County Clare, Ireland; supplying natural yarns and materials for crafting, such as fibres, fabrics, felts, yarns, weaving & doll making supplies.
“We started using plants from our own garden and in nature around us. We were amazed by the beauty of these dyes.”
Jenny is the creator and dyer. If Jenny is the creative part of the team, Tristan is the deep thinker, the organised brain. He provides the practical solutions and creates order out the creative mayhem. The online shop is his domain, and he looks after customer care, packaging and after sales as well as attending to his organic gardening and landscaping clients. He also grows many of the plants the team use for their plant dying.
Apple Oak Fibre Works evolved with the couple’s love of all things natural and the earthy spectrum of colours found with plants. Jenny initially set about working with acid dyes first but quickly moved to plant dyes. After much experimentation creating recipes with the dyes in her kitchen, Apple Oak Fibre Works was born.This natural process of dying fibres is now the heart of what the couple do.
“Every time we grow just a little, we have more positive impact on our industry. Every time we expand just a little, we create more opportunity for growth in our rural community, because opportunities don’t just affect one micro-business. Opportunity causes a ripple effect, and our tiny pond can reach further out to others.”
Apple Oak Fibre Works uses compostable packaging and practice ethical and sustainable dying practices.