My mother taught me a variety of fiber arts at a young age. That was just the beginning of my love of handcrafts and needlework, including knitting, crocheting, sewing, cross-stitch and many others. Then I learned to spin in 2004 and very quickly developed a passion for my newest hobby.
As part of a Living History group, I started demonstrating spinning almost immediately. I demonstrate at schools, Revolutionary War reenactments, historical sites, fiber events (the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival, New England Fiber Festival), agricultural fairs (Eastern States Exposition, farm “open house” events) and even while participating in parades. When marching in parades, I spin on a hand spindle, and if the there is a float, I’m busy at my Saxony wheel.
No matter where I go, I always have at least one spindle and/or a knitting project with me. On many occasions when spinning or knitting in public, and especially at a fiber event, people watch and comment that they would love to learn. I cannot begin to count the number of times I have then gone with folks to help them pick out their first spindle and some fiber, find a spot to sit, and teach them the basics. Or help a new knitter to find a pattern or a technique that works for them. You’ll always find a supply of business cards for my guild (the Nutmeg Spinners' Guild) in my wallet to hand out to those showing an interest in spinning. I’ll also refer people who are interested in the fiber arts to other resources such as local yarn shops and Ravelry.
In 2011, I was selected to be a SOAR (Interweave Press’ Spin Off Autumn Retreat) Scholar. I have won many awards for both my spinning and knitting in various Skein and Garment Competitions (Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair, New York Sheep and Wool Festival, the Creative Arts Division and the Fiber Nook at the Big E, etc.). I have also won multiple Skein Awards from the Northeast Handspinners’ Association, a sponsor award for a knitted lace scarf and an award from the Handweavers’ Guild of America for a handspun, knit shawl.
I published my first magazine article in The Wheel Magazine (published by Ashford Handicrafts in New Zealand) in October 2012.
I’m currently teaching a variety of fiber arts classes. I have taught workshops at my local spinning guild (Nutmeg Spinners Guild), the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair and the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival and a local yarn shop.
I also offer private lessons in a variety of fiber arts.