Nestled comfortably in the lush Pacific Northwest, Wildewood Fibers is owned and operated by April Tsai. Living with her parents, her collie, and her Maine coon, she runs her business while chronically ill with Lyme Disease.
Color has always driven her passions: Art, sewing, photography, and graphic design were some of her previous fields. It was only natural that when she learned how to knit in 2015, she learned how to dye next. As life took its twists and turns, Wildewood Fibers began its humble roots on Mercari, a selling app. Enjoyment of dyeing and testing theories while being able to move her creations on to loving homes was paramount to the process. Finally, in February of 2020, Wildewood Fibers opened its doors on Etsy.
And now, we are a stand-alone small-batch company specializing in rich jewel tones, intentional colorstories, and complementary speckles inspired by moody romance, whimsy, joy, and our Chinese heritage and culture.
Meet The Team
Most likely to be caught by Finleigh snacking at midnight.
Finleigh is the emotional support behind Wildewood. None of our yarn bases arrive without a thorough inspection of both box and contents. A lover of all things fish, she also likes to model in her spare time.
Incoming Shipments Expert
Copyeditor & Proofreader
The Write Polish
The Write Polish
April has had persistent Lyme disease for 20+ years and chronic migraines. Bedbound for most of her life, she finds that being a chronically ill dyer is not without its challenges and limitations--even more so with invisible symptoms. Seeing other chronically ill makers, business owners, and other public figures gives hope that we don’t necessarily have to be boxed in by our limitations. There are creative ways to approach all limitations, even if we’re constantly tweaking how to go about it. Illness does not define us. Our values do.
Raising Up Our Communities.
As of August 2021, Wildewood Fibers has donated a total of $2980 from yarn sales (both targeted and general) to organizations invested in our communities, general human well-being, and our Portland Community:
- Heart Of Dinner, $1011
- Black Resilience Fund, $400
- Books Around The Corner, $855
- Raphael House, $855 worth of books
- Rahab's Sisters, $103
- World Center Kitchen, $611
Respect & Dignity.
Regardless of age, race, sexual-orientation, gender-identity, religion, health, or emotional baggage, we aim to treat everyone with the respect and dignity that every human being deserves.