I think some of the best things to acquire are skills and tools. And cheerful friends with skills and tools.
I started this blog some months after I learned to spin yarn. I think my posts might be helpful to someone going through the same discovery process. Along the way I've improved my knitting skills, learned to weave, learned to do språng, tried out lots of equipment, read many books, hung out with passels of handspinners, gotten a fair whack of people started on spindles, and gone to wool festivals near and far. I've been fortunate enough to meet and talk with a number of makers and producers of fiber arts supplies.
Some of the themes of this blog are re-skilling, the environment, fair labour practices, and history. And Shakespeare, just because I like Shakespeare and sometimes his plays mention textiles.
As it says on the home page of the blog, my name is Kristen M. Hughes. I am a handspinner, twisting fibre into yarn with a hand-powered drop spindle. This blog records what I learn and do. You may be here looking for a story, a solution, or information.
I spin yarn, finish objects, listen to experienced makers, and research methods. I want handspun clothes out of local fibre in natural colours. I want more linen cloth in my life and more språng (an ancient braiding technique).
I spin yarn in public as often as I can, talk about handmade textiles to anyone who will listen, and help new spindle spinners. I am active in my local handspinners guild. I see handspinning as a worthwhile and relevant skill.
I am a homesick Canadian, and I live in Virginia.
You can find my how to videos and interviews on YouTube as thesojourningspinner and my pins of fiber arts objects in museums on Pinterest as brighthughes. On Etsy, you can buy from me (Rosetwist LLC) stitch markers handmade from rose petals, drop spindle kits, and witty fiber arts-themed buttons, as well as jewellery made from rose petals. I started the company recently. I am developing new products, you can see the process behind the scenes on my page on Facebook. My Twitter feed is kind of sparse and boring.
Visit Kristen's profile on Pinterest.