Have you heard? It's Wovember.
Have you ever participated in a wool-along (WAL)? For the last few years, Wovember has inspired fiber artists around the world to celebrate their love of wool through the month of November in as many ways as possible. The wool-devoted folks behind the project hope that ". . . through our enthusiasm and creativity we can raise awareness of what makes wool different, and jointly create a force for wool appreciation strong enough to effect changes in how garments and textiles are described and marketed." The team behind www.wovember.com is made up of three well-known fiber folks: Kate Davies, Felicity Ford, and Tom van Deijnen. Follow the links to their personal websites to learn more about their interesting contributions to our contemporary textile community.
The Wovember website shares stories and interviews about everything from "sheep to shoulders"-wool production to finished textile. I was especially excited to see one of my favorite textile artists interviewed about her work this week. Elizabeth Johnston is a handspinner and knitter in the Shetland Islands. I spent a wonderful day spinning with Elizabeth at her home earlier this year. She sells her handspun yarns and breathtaking knitted pieces through her business, Shetland Handspun. Check out the Wovember interview with Elizabeth to learn more about her process and see some of her work.