Meet the Maker
Hi! My name is Stacy.
And I am the artist behind Atelieh.
Why shop Atelieh?
A ton of love and hard work goes into raising the sheep, processing the wool, dyeing the yarn, designing products, and crocheting each plushie. By purchasing from Atelieh, you are directly supporting Canadian farmers & artisans. I pride my work on the philosophy of soil-to-soil; using our land to create natural products that won't harm the environment.
Acrylic yarns are the cheapest, most common yarns seen in craft & box stores and used in mass-produced plushies-- But acrylic is another word for plastic. Recent studies have shown that plastic fibres shed from acrylic yarns & fabrics are being found in our water systems and soil (check out this CBC article).
Cotton is a good alternative for acrylic yarn as it is highly biodegradable, but it cannot be grown in Canada's colder Northern climate and thus needs to be imported.
Wool, however, is naturally produced from sheep and is 100% biodegradable and sustainable. It is a byproduct that needs to be sheared for the sheep's health and comfort-- so why not utilize it?
It all starts on a Canadian farm.
The 100% natural yarn that I use comes from Canadian farms across the country.
You can Meet the Farmers I work with here!
How does wool go from sheep to yarn?
The first step is to shear the sheep.
The raw wool is washed and processed into a material called batting. This is what we stuff our plushies with!
The batting is processed into roving, a thin, fluffy group of fibres.
Roving is then spun into yarn.
Yarn can be used in this pure state, or go on to be dyed.
I work with local dyers to produce beautiful colours.
After the dyeing process is complete and the yarn is dried, the wool is wound into what are called "skeins."
Where does Atelieh come in?
I take inspiration from the colours I'm given and design one-of-a-kind patterns.
Now I can begin making the plushies!
I purchase the dyed skeins...
...and wind them into balls of yarn.
After these are wound, I use the patterns I create to crochet handmade plushies. A typical plushie will take 1-6 hours to make-- I believe strongly in taking the time to make quality items.
From here it is photographed, posted on the website, then purchased and lovingly hand-packed and shipped to you and your loved ones.
Join me on my journey to support Canadian farmers & artisans while reducing our impact on the planet!