White Bear Fibers is a hand dyed yarn company based in Austin, TX. Our yarns are currently available at Gauge Knits in Austin and The Tinsmith’s Wife in Comfort, TX. We also offer Dye Your Own Workshops on a regular basis helping you create yarns that are your perfect color!
Welcome to the online home of White Bear Fibers. We are based in Austin, Texas. And like Austin, White Bear Fibers is a combination of a hip sense of art and fashion with an eclectic hippie spirituality all rolled into a hand dyed fiber studio. Our purpose is to create yarns and fibers in colorways that inspire you creatively as well as soulfully.
White Bear Fibers is the result of hand-dyer Doug Upchurch’s own fiber journey. Knitting and crocheting only since May 2010, Doug found working with fiber to be a spiritually grounding and meditative endeavor for him. Like many fiber fans, Doug found himself drawn to yarns that were soft and luxurious. However, he also chose colorways that reminded him of symbols and myths that had special meaning to him.
After he attended a hand dyed yarn workshop, he realized that he had found his home with fiber. Finding every book and resource about dyeing that he could, Doug explored colors, fibers, and techniques until he knew it was right for him. Within 2 months, White Bear Fibers was born and just 30 days later, White Bear Fibers yarns and Dye Your Own workshops were available at our home yarn store, Gauge.
Today, White Bear Fibers is made up of both Doug and his partner of 16 years, Tyler Reeves. Tyler, an accomplished artist, graphic designer, and production manager in his own right, has brought his skills with color, design and packaging to the team.
The name “White Bear” refers to the rare white Spirit Bears of British Columbia. These bears were honored and protected by the First Nations people of this area and as a result were never threatened by the fur trappers in the area. In some tribes, these bears are symbols of peace and harmony.
Doug is also very connected personally to the First Nations mythology and history of the Pacific Northwest and especially British Columbia. As a result, many of our colorways, such as Cedar and Salmon, are connected to First Nations and Native American symbols and mythology.
We hope that you’ll find working with White Bear Fibers to not only be an enjoyable fiber experience, but that it will be a personally meaningful one for you. As a result, we have created an affirmation or meditation statement for each colorway. Our unique Meditation Yarns are variegated yarns that have one affirmation per color like prayer beads that you can work through as you knit or crochet with them.
In the end, our wish is for “Peace and Fiber for All!” No matter your beliefs, your backgrounds, or your fiber experience, we want to support you in having a more personally meaningful and peaceful experience as you work with our yarns.