Allow us to introduce you to HipStrings. We are a fiber arts company founded by Jill & Nicolas Duarte in 2013 with the purpose of using “new” materials and technology to bring a modern twist to the ancient fiber arts. In addition, one of our core beliefs is that tools should be a joy to use and a delight to behold. This unique combination is an extension of ourselves; we both come with a background in science and engineering, and we are both avid fiber artists, enjoying knitting, crochet, spinning, and weaving.
All of our laser etched tools are made in house and we source our supplies through relationships with wholesalers from around the world. All of our fiber is sourced from humane and ethical suppliers, and when possible we take care to source environmentally friendly supplies such as Greener Shades dyes, fibers dyed to meet Oeko - Tex 100 standards,and Organic and Earth Friendly cottons.
Jill is an avid fiber artist, continuing a family tradition of crochet. Now she knits, spins, dyes, weaves and sometimes felts. Jill has a Ph.D. in Molecular Evolutionary Biology, but left academia to pursue a family, and now her own business. She is inordinately fond of short stapled fibers and fast spinning tools.