Welcome. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my site and read more about me and the work I do.
My earliest memories all involve being creative. From coloring, sewing doll clothes and then my wardrobe, crafts of all kinds, and ultimately to the world of crochet, knitting, and now spinning, weaving, and hand stitching, my world has always revolved around making things by hand.
In 2006, with a business partner, I opened a yarn shop. That proved to be a key turning point in my life. Through that experience I met so many wonderful people, learned new skills, and was set on a course that changed me forever.
I remember the first time I saw a spinning wheel. It was at an antique shop as a teenager; I was fascinated with it and the concept of making yarn. That seed rested for thirty years. Then, all the pieces came together; I learned how to spin yarn. I have never been the same.
I closed the store in 2017, but my love for all things yarn continues.
Today, my focus has changed. The world has changed. Knitters, crocheters and weavers all have a stash of yarn they could work from for the rest of their lives. I no longer want to be a part of that. We are drowning in our collective stashes. There are so many indie dyers that traditional yarn manufacturers are closing all over the United States. I want to be different and offer something uniquely me.
So I make yarn by hand. I use a spinning wheel or a drop spindle and enjoy every minute of the process. Sometimes I use wool from a large company, but mostly I buy unprocessed wool from a local farmer. My home state of Texas has a long and proud history of producing wool and mohair for the world. I feel honored to be a small part of this heritage. My goal is to purchase at least half of my wool from Texas growers; the other half will be other small farms around the country and a small amount that has been commercially prepared.
My yarn is art. I prepared the wool, dye it, and spin it all with a vision or a story in mind. My inspiration comes from the natural world and that is what I consider as I make all my choices. Each step of the process is carefully thought out. I also consider the end use of the yarn. I want you to enjoy making something wonderful with my yarn so I don’t create art just for art’s sake. I want my yarn to go out into the world and be transformed in the hands of someone who will love it as I do.
I value the animals, the folks who raise them and believe it is important to keep the traditional methods alive. SM Fiberarts will always be small and authentic. You will know that everything I sell echoes my values. Whether you purchase yarn, a home decor item or a piece of art from me, you will know that , at each step of the process, I am honoring the traditions I hold dear.