Camaj Fiber Arts is a small entrepreneurial start-up business located in Rockledge, Florida. The owner, Mary Egbert relocated there from Cleveland, Ohio to help her daughter take care of two new additions to the family….the twins. She is whimsically creative, loves color and you would never suspect her to be a grandmother of twins as she tends to radiate an electric vibrancy that invites her clients in to share in her creative process. On her Facebook page she shares the fun times she enjoys with her friends and family. There is even a glimpse of her love for animals as she pays a visit to the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida and Mary seems to be a natural handler of Lorikeets, as they playfully flock around her perching on both of her hands and left shoulder.
Along with her pleasantly pleasing smile, she is well known for her love of creating functional objects of art; that are breathtakingly visually appealing, leaving the viewer wanting to touch desperately trying to feel the actual essence of the fiber in the photographs she uses to display her work. She is best remembered for her creation, the Leaping Sheep Dryer Balls, which are Eco-Friendly, biodegradable, and as her slogan states, “From the Earth to the Earth”. The dryer balls are 100 percent wool, non-toxic and are a great replacement for the regular dryer sheets that come in those cardboard boxes that are slowly depleting our resources, the trees. The dryer balls tend to cut down on the amount of time it takes to dry a load of laundry by absorbing the excess moisture from the fabric being dried.
Mary is a very talented craftswoman of spinning wool, silk and many other fiber add-ins into yarn. She has extensively worked in raw silk products resulting in her recent product trademark “SoffSilk” for Very Berry Silk Waste Cloud and Sari Silk Custom Dyed fibers. These two products can be purchased at the Woolery of Frankfort, Kentucky or through her Etsy Shop. There is no end to her creativity. She creates small quaint lamp shades from vibrantly colored silk ribbons to hand-spun yarns that dazzle the eyes with vivid color.
Mary also teaches the techniques of dyeing fiber, carding puni rolags on a drum carder, hand-spinning thick and thin yarns on a foot-powered spinning wheel, and gives insights into the costs of hand-spun yarns by way of videos produced, uploaded and viewed on her YouTube channel. All of her videos can be found on YouTube at Camaj Hand-Spun Yarn. There is a vast amount of information on the information highway; the Internet, and Mary seems to have eloquently narrowed the search down by supplying her clients with the products and the educational resources to further their creative endeavors in the world of crafting. She has made the crafting experience enjoyable to all of those who follow her on Youtube, Facebook and Etsy, for she genuinely shares her love of fiber.
If you are new to the fiber art movement; and even if you are an accomplished fiber artist, Mary Egbert of Camaj Fiber Arts would definitely be a good source for your fiber needs and related questions regarding those fibers. Be sure to try her Fabulous Fiber Box! Not only does she share her love of fiber, she is also willing to collaborate with any fiber artist that may have an idea that they can share between them.