Crocheting and sewing have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I dabbled in cross-stitch as a youth. I even threw a self-designed cross-stitch pillow on stage at a Duran Duran concert in 1984—I’m a fiber nerd going way back. But, before falling head-over-heels for spinning and knitting, photography was my main thing. Interweave publications Spin Off and Handwoven were staples in my home growing up. I remember photographing my mom spinning and weaving, as photographer of my high school’s magazine.
Before earning my Master of Fine Arts degree in Textile Art and Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, I contributed to Spin Off magazine. And since 2006, I have enjoyed teaching: knitting, crochet, papermaking, bookbinding, and spinning. I’ve never met a needlework technique I didn’t want to learn more about. This became an issue in grad school where I was advised to “quit learning new techniques” by one well-meaning professor. So, I waited until after grad school to start weaving.
Little did I know that years (scratch that, decades) later, I’d be the assistant editor of Spin Off and PieceWork magazines. Life is funny that way; you never know where it’ll take you. Today, I get to indulge in my twin passions for history and fiber. I love to share what I learn with you, our readers. How cool is that?