Growing up a knitter and sewer, then taking up spinning in my twenties, I’ve dabbled in fiber arts throughout my life. I've made things for friends and family. Working as a teacher in schools for 24 years, and, with my partner, raising 2 children, fiber play was put on the back burner. I hoped that at some time I might be in a position to explore it further.
In 2011 I moved to the USA from Australia, living away from the children and no longer working full-time. Quite a life-change! What would I ‘do’ with myself? How might I ‘be’? Gradually I reacquainted myself with the things of fiber that I loved. I appreciate having the time to develop my skills and enjoy the fiber world. Dye spin knit sew weave is now not only what I ‘do’, but who I 'am'.
Every day I play and learn new things. I’ve found sources here of beautiful, well tended sheep fleeces. Learning how to dye using acid and natural dyes is a continuous journey. I’ve begun to weave the yarn that I prepare and spin. I continue to knit with my handmade yarn and sew the fabric I create on the loom.
Fortunately there are people who like to buy my pieces. The Rocky Mountain Weavers' Guild has an annual Sale and there are a few craft pop-up shops throughout the year.
Recently I joined the Dye Garden Study Group of the Rocky Mountain Weavers' Guild. During the Summer we meet regularly to plant, weed and harvest. Donna Brown leads the group.
HOME OF INSPIRATION
Ideas for color and texture can also be found in my garden and not far from home.