I started making things I imagined and couldn't find in stores. Now I can supply you too.
I handmake all sorts of things: dyed wool for spinning and felting, stationery, journals, handbags, quilts, and more. I have been known to draw, paint, and sculpt. I even take custom orders if you have a particular vision.
Gradient roving is my best seller.
Gradient yarns are scarcely available commercially, so I started dying and spinning my own. There is a certain look to handspun yarn that can't be captured by commercial means. Handspinning gives you the ability to create a yarn that matches the image in your mind's eye with respect to gauge, color blend, number and twist of plies, and color placement.
I make a range of books styles using various techniques. Single signature junk journals are quick and fun. I love hand stitching headbands and adding bookmark ribbons to my thicker blank journals.
I make stationery sets in a multitude of themes. My favorites are nature and vintage.
I made the drapes that hang in the front window of The Tuscan Moon restaurant in Kalona, IA.
My mom started teaching me to crochet when I was 3, the neighbor lady taught me to knit at age 7, and I have been obsessed with fiber arts ever since. Lately, I'm into dying gradient wool roving.
Alma Berg, that neighbor lady, also taught me to tat and embroider when I was a child. I have never stopped being grateful to her! My grandmother gave me her old 1941 Kenmore electric sewing machine when I was 11, and I worked my way from Halloween costumes all the way to the wedding clothes for both my husband and myself for our wedding.
I have always loved writing. I've kept a journal since I was 13, and had to learn to make my own books so I could get exactly what I wanted. I do ketle, coptic, pamphlet stitch styles. Junk journals have become my favorite, and I've started making them with multiple signatures.
Up until recently, I've had an impossible time getting a pen pal who would keep responding. I tend to write novellas, and it turns out there are actually people out there who will put in the effort to keep up. Thank you Swap-Bot.com!
I've won several distinctions for my drawing and painting in shows and competitions. I have been too busy with more functional art projects to paint much recently, but I still manage to make some small watercolors and ATCs.