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 (our group's canon trailer), 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. Over the years, 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 Awards from the Northeast Handspinners’ Association, the Handweavers’ Guild of America, and various other sponsor awards.
I have been published in The Wheel, Spin-Off (including blog posts on Spinning Daily), and Ply Magazines.
I’m currently teaching a variety of fiber arts classes. I have taught workshops at my local spinning guild (Nutmeg Spinners Guild), WEBS, 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.