About

 Ex Libris is a Latin phrase often found on bookplates, and translates to “From the Library.”  Ex Libris Fibers hand dyed yarns are bookish, moody, atmospheric, sometimes quirky, and commonly vintage-reminiscent. I hope that working with them will bring you joy and remind you of your favorite stories - or help you to tell your own fiber stories!

 

Dyer Rita poses against a dark forest background with her Find Your Fade shawl in a dark and moody rainbow of yarns from many different dyers.

I’m Rita (Marita if we’re being formal; pronounced Ma-REE-tuh), and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I started Ex Libris Fibers in my basement in Pittsburgh in 2018.

Though raised in an old farmhouse next to the woods where my mother always had plenty of yarn and maybe a loom and a spinning wheel or two, I didn't pay a ton of attention to yarn or fiber until adulthood. After finishing a degree in art and finding myself a little lost, my first real foray into fiber arts was learning crochet.

A friend taught me to knit years later, and I fell hard in love with knitting and with crafting communities. Learning to dye yarn was an immediate side effect of beginning to work with indie dyed yarn and being overly picky about color. When I began turning my favorite stories and books into colorways, Ex Libris Fibers was born! 

My work as a librarian taught me that community and story sharing are two of the most effective ways to build empathy and impact change. It's my goal with Ex Libris Fibers to to connect people with new stories and build community around gorgeous, book-inspired colors.

As a neurodivergent person who has had the benefits of a system based around white privilege, I am committed to dismantling white supremacy and fostering inclusion in virtual and physical spaces. No racist, homophobic, misogynist, discriminatory comments or harassment will be tolerated on this site or other spaces.

By supporting this work, you are also supporting small changes that lead to dismantling problematic systems. 1% of monthly sales are donated towards organizations and funds that work towards social, environmental, and progressive change. I share more about this every month in the newsletter.