The elusive art of expression


Photos courtesy of Sara Lamb.

Of the many avenues that run through our fiber arts community, the intersection of spinning and weaving is one that I find deeply fascinating. I recently took a peek at this year's winners of the Small Expressions exhibit that the Handweavers Guild of America hosts each year. The exhibit opened June 1 at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois, and will run through September 7, 2013. I view these pieces through a spinner's lens, scheming about fiber and preparation, yarn design, and the drape and hand of the yarns and fabrics.

Sara Lamb's book Spin to Weave is a great new resource for spinners interested in exploring the vast possibilities of weaving with handspun yarns. She keeps a great blog where she muses over an artist's path and the sheer pleasure of creating and wearing a handmade garment. Sara teaches all over the country and is typically found at SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat), which will be held in St. Charles, Illinois, on October 2026 this year. There are a few spaces in her Knotted Cut Pile workshop, but move fast if you want a spot! To see more of Sara's cut pile work, visit the online member gallery of her local California guild, Foothill Fibers Guild, and pick up a copy of her first book Woven Treasures.




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