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5: The Felted Gnome Knows: Susi Ryan’s Felted Fantasy

Susi Ryan and her love of magic and fairy tales is reflected in her fantastical creatures and whimsical artworks. Using the technique of needle felting, where wool is painstakingly built up and embellished, Susi creates creatures, figures and even hats with a charming personality all their own. From an...

Getting started with dyeing yarn: lessons learned

When I first started to learn about natural dyeing, I was befuddled by a lot of vague information I found on the internet. Experiments on my own yielded very mixed results. After taking a class with Rebecca Burgess, I understood that there are tried-and-true techniques for getting consistent results....

How I learned to handspin: tools and techniques

My journey with learning to handspin yarn by hand started as many such tales do: I took a class and learned the basics of spindle spinning. It was a useful way to begin, but the potential speed and efficiency of using a spinning wheel was a big lure. Unfortunately,...

Lace sweater: technical challenge and project victory

Once upon a time, I came across Veronik Avery‘s pattern for an origami-inspired lace sweater. It’s a timeless garment with a classic texture and a modern style. After discovering I had a good yarn to use in my stash (USA – made Quince & Co.), I cast on with...

Sleeping socks: a quick and easy hand-knit gift

Ever since I was a child we used to make at least some of our holiday gifts. One year it was aprons stamped with designs carved from potatoes. Drawings and simple beaded jewelry figured heavily over the years, as well as “coupons” – like “one free hug,” “mow the...

Starting a fiber arts group: tips from experience

Starting a fiber arts group is a great way to bring together folks in your community that share a common interest. So often, members of our family, or even our close friends don’t understand why we knit, crochet, hook rugs, spin yarn, or sew. Getting together with others who...

Striped sweater: inspiration and design

I thought I knew what my next sweater was going to be: a semisolid version of Kate Davies’ owls (because, how could you not want a sweater with owls on it?!). And yes, I do want that sweater and I will eventually knit it. But I got sidetracked into...

3: Tammy White, Fiber Farmer at Wing & A Prayer Farm

Like so many farmers, Tammy White does a lot. She’s a fiber specialist, raising sheep, angora goats, alpaca and other non-fiber animals as well. She’s a teacher and facilitator, opening the farm to workshop participants and taking her classes on the road. She’s a baker, a gardener, a marketer....

1: Jennifer Kortfelt: Weaving with color

Jennifer Kortfelt is a professional weaver and knitter who loves to experiment with color. Her approach combines traditional textures with modern palettes to create fun, and sometimes surprising accessories. Join us for a conversation about inspiration, working with clients, and spur-of-the-moment sock machine purchases.

Swatching: Not just for size – How and Why It Helps

A few days ago my friend and I went to WEBS, the mecca for knitters and weavers in these parts, to stock up on supplies for upcoming projects. Jennifer weaves and knits designer garments, and I have recently volunteered to knit a few things for family members, so taking advantage...

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