I am a licensed mental health counselor by training and an artist by nature. In the back of my mind I had always wanted to learn to spin. I would stare longingly at the spinners at the New York State Fair and say, someday… Then, one day, I went to a local park to get in a quick run and happened across a large group of women, sitting in a circle, with their wheels, spinning in the park. I actually thought I heard the sound of trumpeting angels! I ran over to the group, excited as a child on Christmas morning, introduced myself and talked to them about their guild and my dream of one day becoming a spinner. That night I looked on Craig’s List, for the first and only time in my life and, low and behold,
someone was selling a spinning wheel. I emailed her the next day and the rest is history. I became a spinner. I really enjoy it and I love to work with fiber. I also joined that guild. I have also been to several fiber festival’s and Wow! How fun are they?
I subscribe to many online spinning and crocheting sites and stumbled across a course on Nuno-felting. Yes, this has become another passion. I have been making Nuno-felted scarves with natural fibers for the past several months and thus Graceful Ewe Fiber Arts was born. I recently opened an Etsy shop and am looking forward to growing my small business.
I live with my family in an old Victorian farm house. We have an antique sewing table that acts as an island in the kitchen. It was actually taken from a sewing factory in the 1800’s. This table is the perfect vehicle on which to create my scarves. Every time I make a scarf I feel that the history of the table is helping to inspire the design of the scarf as well. I believe the history of our home has contributed to my artistic development. Our rural country setting lends itself to creating graceful and comforting pieces of wearable art that bring happiness to the person who wears them. I often stop and think how lucky I am to be able to help people in my professional work and to make people happy through my art. I find that I can put my love of spinning and felting into the scarves I make. The past many years from learning to crochet to felting have been a wonderful journey of self-discovery and I look forward to where I will go
next. You never know, there may be some sheep or an alpaca or two in the back yard someday. Oh, and that great guy standing next to me is my wonderfully supportive husband : )