“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” – Semisonic
I am delighted that I am able to share with you the culmination of my work for the past 10 years.
In 2005 I was working on a crazy quilt and I was looking to see if there was a way to turn my cat Oscar’s fur into yarn so that I could embroider his cat fur-yarn onto the quilt. At the time I was also taking a dyeing workshop at the local museum with a woman who was a member of the Weaver’s guild in Rochester. I had asked her if she knew of anyone that might be able to help me and she suggested I take a workshop on spinning with a drop spindle through the guild at this fabulous place called The Weaving and Fiber Arts Center (WaFAC). I signed up, took the workshop and was hooked on spinning.
Fast forward 2 years, a few spindles and a spinning wheel later, I decided I wanted to embark on the journey of becoming a better spinner. A woman at my local spinner’s guild, Genesee Valley Handspinner’s Guild (GVHG), was pursuing a spinning certificate through the Onatrio Handweavers and Spinners (OHS). She shared all of her class assignments at guild meetings and I decided that this was the path for me to improve my spinning. I signed up and met some amazing people and learned an astonishing amount about spinning, dyeing, fibers, and how to mount things onto black card stock (over six 3″ binders worth!).
In 2015 I earned my Spinning Certificate with distinction and decided I wanted to pursue becoming a Master Spinner. This process involved developing an in-depth study, creating many spinning samples and swatches, and creating culminating projects that showcase the work from the study (and mounting more yarn onto black card stock).
In a few days I leave to go up to Canada to receive my Master Spinner certificate. All of the time and effort that went into that study has been compiled into my book “A New Spin On Color”.
I am excited now that portion of my fiber artist pursuit and training is complete, I can explore other avenues with regard to spinning, dyeing, art making and learning and share the fruits of those explorations with you. I’m also excited I don’t need to mount any more yarn onto black card stock!!!