Fiberarts: Inspiring Your Knitting Artistry

A note from Kathleen: We each knit for different reasons. Some of us knit for stress relief, some of us knit to keep our hands busy, some of us knit because we can't imagine not knitting, and some of us knit simply because of the beauty of the finished product.

That last reason is pretty important—I believe that all knitted objects are beautiful. I can see the love and effort that goes into every project, and the pride in the face of the person who created it. What some people don't realize is that knitting is an art, not simply a craft. Spreading the joy of knitted art is one of the reasons I love my job so much!

When you think about knitting as art—and yourself as an artist—you open up a new world of resources. Our sister magazine, Fiberarts, is a perfect example of this type of source of inspiration. Fiberarts has been around for 35 years, exploring issues and developments about all things fiber. It promotes contemporary fiber art and artists, and is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in creating art out of fiber.

Here's editor Marci McDade to show you what you can glean from this innovative magazine.

Dorothy "Bunny" Bowen, Pedernal at Peace, 2008; rozome on kimono silk; beeswax and soy wax resist; 14" x 18". Photo by the artist.  
Anne Lemanski, Pygmy Hog, 2009; archival inkjet print on paper, artificial sinew, copper wire; handstitched; 12" x 14" x 7". Photo: Steve Mann.

Marie Watt, Energy: Our Heirloom (Panel 3 of 5), 2008; reclaimed wool, satin binding, embroidery floss, thread; handstitched; each panel 32" x 72" x 3". Commission by Seattle City Light, Seattle. Photo: Gern Blanston.  
C. A. Michel, Pink 2, 2009; wool yarn over linen core and Chinese silver pheasant feathers; coiled; 4" x 9" diameter. Photo: Hank Drew.  

Fiberarts: A Magazine for Fiber Lovers

My love of all forms of textile art was encouraged and enlightened by Fiberarts magazine long before I became the editor. As an artist just starting out in the 1990s, I made weekly visits to my local library to pour over back issues of Fiberarts, bound in hardcover. I would sit for hours relishing every article I discovered. The magazine truly enhanced my appreciation and understanding of the rich and varied field of textile arts. It is a gift to now be part of the Fiberarts legacy!

Fiberarts is perfect for those with a passion for textiles. Each issue is bursting with inspiration, contemporary textile art, and fiber news from around the globe. We feature profiles about artists and their work, and visit artists’ studios to share their creative processes. Our extensive calendar (which is expanded on our website) shows where you can see textile art on display in your area and where you travel. You can count on Fiberarts for inspiration, information, and resources with an innovative approach to all forms of fiber art!

Our summer issue is dedicated to exploring a wide range of vibrant and thought-provoking works inspired by and made from nature. Highlights include:

Rozome Silk Paintings. Dorothy “Bunny” Bowen uses the traditional Japanese technique of rozome, using beeswax and soy wax resist on silk, to create her breathtaking views of stark desert landscapes and rushing waterways.

Stitched Paper Sculptures. Anne Lemanski combines paper, fabric, copper wire, and artificial sinew to create poignant portraits of endangered creatures. Her quiet, yet insistent, handstitched sculptures remind us of our fragile relationship with the animal kingdom.

Felt and Repurposed Wool Blanket Work. Marie Watt uses handmade felt, a multitude of wool blankets, and stories from Native American culture to construct sculptural works that unfold the past into the present. Watt’s two-dimensional narrative pieces convey a sense of respect for the planet and reliance on natural resources.

Feathered Baskets. C. A. Michel transforms the humble materials of wool, thread, and feathers into enchanting vessel forms that embody the artist’s spiritual and mythical connection to nature. Mesmerizing in appearance, Michel’s creative process involves a meditative coiled basketry technique.

And much more!

Marci McDadeI hope you're inspired to take a closer look at the world outside and make something new that celebrates the wonder of nature!

Warm regards,

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