Frequently Asked Questions

I've never selected hand dyed yarn before! What do I need to know?

Small batch dyeing creates unique skeins within standardized colorways: though each colorway is replicated using the same process, hand dyeing is a rather nebulous, water-based process. You may want to alternate skeins during yarn-guzzling projects. For best color results, it is recommended to work with yarn from one dye batch. 

Extra care is taken when photographing the yarn as it appears in real life by using professional lighting and camera, however, screens and displays may interpret colors differently. New photos are taken for every new batch of yarn - so the batch you see on the screen is the batch you will receive yarn from.

Care instructions

Once dyed, all yarn is rinsed thoroughly in a mild lavender wool wash. Superwash yarn is machine washable and the dyes used are colorfast and washfast, but washing separately in cold water and drying flat when possible ensures your beloved handiwork stays vibrant and soft for years. 

Bold colors such as intense reds and blues are at extra risk for bleeding - please take care when considering projects and always use cool water to prevent color bleed.

A small tuxedo cat oversees photography and labeling of hand dyed yarn while seated on a box full of yarn in a living room.

I'm allergic to cats, can I use Ex Libris Fibers?

Studio space is totally cat-free, but cats live upstairs where photos and yarn packaging occurs - please take heed if allergies are a factor.

Sustainability practices

In efforts to reduce waste, water and dye are conserved and reused, the company car is my trusty bicycle, and yarn is shipped in 100% recycled mailers with recycled labels, clean re-purposed mailers, or recyclable cardboard. None of your yarn comes from any source that practices mulesing, and much of it comes from a mill that is OEKO-TEX certified, driven partially by solar power, and that is constantly working to improve the surrounding community and environment. Yarn labels are made of 100% recycled paper and printed regionally. Much of the dye studio equipment is secondhand or repurposed materials.

Sliding Scale

Crafting has been a therapeutic resource for me and for many in the community. The following coupon codes are an effort to keep hand dyed yarn as accessible as possible, should finances be tricky at any time.

Use EXLIBRIS10 to to purchase at 90% of retail price.

Use EXLIBRIS20 to purchase at 80% of retail price.

These codes are valid on non-discounted products shop wide.

Quantity discounts

All U.S. orders over $100 ship free. User coupon code SWEATERLOVE to save 15% on orders of 4+ skeins. 

I live in Pittsburgh. Can I pick up my yarn?

I'm unfortunately no longer able to offer this service at this teime, and apologize for the inconvenience.

Shipping for Preorders (Yarn Club, Dyed to Order) and Ready to Ship

Shipped orders containing both Preorders (Dyed to Order) and Ready to Ship skeins will ship in 2-3 weeks to accommodate the time necessary to create your skeins. See item listing for exact shipping time details.

Any Ready to Ship skeins needed earlier than this timeframe must be placed as a separate order to ensure 3 day turnaround on those skeins.

Custom orders

Custom order availability depends on seasonal workload and yarn base availability - please reach out with any questions. 

There are multiple skeins in the listing photo. How many will I receive?

If you need multiple skeins for a project, please use the quantity function to select the appropriate number of skeins for your project before purchasing. Multiple skeins are photographed together to give you a broad impression of each varied dye batch.

You will receive as many skeins as you select and purchase from the quantity function, which reflects real-time inventory. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any concerns about dye variations or quantities available.

Do you do collaborations/yarn support?

 I love to collaborate with other super small independent designers and makers. Send me a note! 

Where's my yarn?

Thank you for your order!! Now, the fun stuff: Standard shipping for in-stock, non-preorder items is with USPS tracking, shipped within 3 business days from order date. Priority shipping is available. Extenuating circumstances such as weather, pandemics, government tampering with the postal service, and other rare events may lengthen transit time, and are beyond the control of Ex Libris Fibers once the order has been accepted by USPS. 

It is the buyer's responsibility to provide a secure place for delivery. If tracking information shows that the item has been delivered, Ex Libris Fibers is not responsible for any claims. You are encouraged to contact USPS and/or file a claim if you suspect your order is lost in the mail.

If after 3 weeks no updated tracking is available and no delivery has been confirmed, please contact me so that we can find a resolution.

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. Ex Libris Fibers unfortunately has no control over delays due to customs. Due to VAT changes, shipping to the UK is not currently possible.


A scattered pile of ex-library catalog cards repurposed as Thank You notes, near a laptop and several skeins of hand dyed yarn.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges with a restock fee, but cannot cover return shipping costs.

Contact me within 5 days of delivery to initiate a return. Yarn in original condition must be shipped back within 10 days of delivery. Custom orders, wound yarn, and sale items are not returnable.

If the item is not returned in its original condition, buyer will be responsible for any loss in value.