Felting, Spinning, Weaving, Knitting & Sewing are all fibre related creative endeavours in which I revel!! Winters in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island have added the Spinning and Weaving to the fun. The Qualicum Spinners & Weavers Guild led me to both and art weaving with thick and thin handspun yarns allow me to explore texture and colour even more than felting has over the last 9 years.
Creative was not a word I used to describe myself during my working years. I have a Commerce degree, I’m a Certified Management Accountant and with my husband, owned and managed a medical software company for 16 years. All very much inside the box!
In 2008, at age 57, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I lost my hair. So, I started sewing fleece hats for myself as well as for a few other women in the same boat. The hats were fun – a fabulous purple cloche with a huge flower on one side, a jaunty French style beret with an ivory pin on the front, a Jackie Kennedy pill box and a bright red & black checked cap. When it was all over I gave them all to the Guardian Angel room at CancerCare for others to use. I was done with cancer and I was done with hats – or so I thought!
But the colours and the flowers had resonated with me and I dabbled with various fibre creations leading me to silk fusion and wet felting. I quickly realized that felting was my passion. For 8 years that was my focus but now I’m loving the addition of weaving to the mix.
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