I like to make stuff. Especially with fiber. It probably started when my aunt showed me how to sew. I wasn’t very good at making the tiny stitches she expected, but I never looked back. Since then, I’ve explored sewing, hand-spinning (making yarn), weaving, knitting, and felt-making, just to name a few techniques.
There’s something immensely satisfying about using our own hands to transform materials from one state to another. At times it feels magical. At other times, it’s just meditative and calming. Felt-making in particular, evoked the artist within me. Without following a pattern, or knowing exactly what would come next, I could make beautiful, expressive and useful felt. At first I thought there was something magical about felt that made the colors so lovely. After a while, I discovered that playing with fiber and color over a long period of time had produced an inner sense of how colors work together. Or maybe it really is magical.
There’s something immensely satisfying about using our own hands to transform materials from one state to another.
When I first learned to make felt, I thought it would be a great way to understand fiber better, but I didn’t want it to get in the way of spinning and weaving. Ha. When I discovered nuno felt (wool fibers felted into a loosely woven cloth—fabulous for garments), I fell into the rabbit hole and haven’t looked back. Now, I love to teach felt-making. It’s a delightful way to play with materials, do something unexpected with your own two hands, and perhaps find new possibilities within oneself along the way.
Over time, I’ve come to believe that making stuff by hand, being creative, is fundamental to our humanity. When we neglect this part of ourselves, life seems less dimensional and less meaningful.
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