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Fierce Fibers (formerly Thoroughly Thwacked) was started in the spring of 2013 by Stacey Serafin. Stacey grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, NY and went to school at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she received her B.S. in Physics and B.S. in Mathematics. She then moved to The Netherlands where she received her Masters in Nanotechnology in 2005 from the University of Delft and met her husband. She then married and they moved to Hillsboro, Oregon where she became a lithography engineer working for Intel Corporation. Six years and two children later she decided to put her engineering career on pause to stay at home and care for her two sons who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It was at this point that she took a beginners knitting class with her mother and turned out to be very fascinated by the whole idea of making something with your hands with sticks and string. One year later she was spinning fiber into yarn and the year after that she started dyeing. Dyeing began as any other fiber exploration hobby but turned into much more when she discovered the scientific side of things. Chemistry, scientific journal keeping, processing, experimentation, repeat-ability, exactitude, and color theory all appealed to her scientific side and the creative side still loved yarn! Stacey brings her attention to detail and her penchant for quality to her company's bottom line but you can still find her sniffing and squishing yarn like the rest of us.
Apart from the dye business she spends her time with her family, loves to knit, spin, wash fleece, card, and has a crazy obsession with farming, canning, preserving and fermenting. In 2014 her dream began to expand as her and her husband purchased an abandoned 10 acres of land with the hopes of some day building on the property and having some fiber animals as well as a dye studio/barn. So when she's not running after her three children, or obsessing over something fiber-y you can find her working on various permit applications for a house. Some day she hopes to have everyone over for some tea at her dye studio!