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Spirit Trail Fiberworks closed its doors and stopped dyeing yarn in August, 2019. Thanks for nearly 18 wonderful years! I'm still in the knitting world - designing patterns, volunteering, and more. Follow me on my social media below for news and updates!


Spirit Trail Fiberworks closed its doors in August, 2019 after nearly 18 years of dyeing yarn and fibers for textile enthusiasts. I have treasured every moment of this business, and thank you for your amazing support. It has been an honor knowing that a small part of me has been invited into each of your homes and imaginations when you've purchased my yarns and fibers to create your own personal masterpieces. Thank you so very much for that honor and the joy I've received from it.

I started Spirit Trail Fiberworks in early 2003 after taking a dye workshop at a local studio. I had been searching for a "new profession," after retiring from my commercial real estate career in Washington, DC, when our son was born. I have a degree in English Literature with concentrations in Fine Art and Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, and always dreamed of working in a creative field (the 15 year sidetrack in commercial real estate notwithstanding ;-) ). I've been a knitter since I was a teenager, and have always loved the tactile process of creating something functional and wearable. I've also always been very attuned to the power of color, not only in its ability to affect and change one's mood and daily outlook, but also in how differently and individually people experience color and are drawn to some colors more than others.

My deep gratitude goes to all the knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners and other textile artists who visited my studio and shop, my blog, and my booth at the festivals I attended over the years. This was truly a small, family business and I couldn't have done what I love without you!

Closing Spirit Trail Fiberworks will allow me to move on to other activities and passions. I will always be a knitter, and I hope to continue publishing patterns now and then (sign up for my newsletter if you'd like to hear about new patterns and other knitting related news and information).

I also love abstract acrylic painting, which allows me to explore the world of color in a vastly different medium. I've always believed that color has incredible power for each of us, and our reactions to color are fascinating in how deeply personal, emotional, and even ephemeral they are. I believe color is a signifiant component of how most of us view and react to the world around us, and helps to create a deeper and more meaningful experience of life in so many ways. I strive to create work which captivates and seduces the viewer, representing different things to different people. And to create work which doesn't portray a particular image, so that its meaning is as distinct as each person is from another. 

I started painting again several years ago after a long hiatus of raising children and dyeing yarn, and my paintings are now available for viewing and purchase at my studio by appointment, or by visiting my painting website, Jennifer A Tepper Fine Art ( You can also follow me on Instagram at! I'd love to have you join me in this new adventure.

Yours forever in color,

~ Jennifer