Playing with Natural Fibers
Since beginning work at a yarn and loom company, I've been inspired every day to go home and be creative with fiber art. Sometimes I'm too tired to keep up with the creativity, but I never run out of ideas. My latest obsession is working with a little rigid heddle loom I bought - it's super annoying to warp, but so addicting to weave on.
I've been on the lookout for high-quality natural fibers lately to add to my pieces. One component I really wanted to include in my pieces was wool roving. My coworker Michelle happens to be an expert on wool, and she helped me figure out where to find it, what to ask for and look for, and she even brought in a massive bag of the stuff for me!
I'm planning to incorporate more wool roving into my weavings and wall hangings, but I couldn't resist trying this woven hoop piece. It's so delightfully natural and organic - it felt like weaving directly from a sheep. Which... it pretty much was. Ha!
Working with linen has been rewarding, too. It's a little stiff, and a bit like weaving with grass, which makes for a delightfully minimalist, organic finished product.
The two pieces pictured in this post will be making their way to a special maker's market on Saturday. Be sure to follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook to keep up with updates, and subscribe to my email list so you'll never miss a post!