“Handmade yarn is a work of art.”

Sheryl Means

Everything I do begins with a sheep. I  source  most  of  my  wool  from  small  farms.  I  have  great  respect  for  the  people  who  raise  these  animals  and  I  believe  in  supporting  their  life’s  work.

Hand carding is one method of preparing wool for spinning

About Sheryl

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.