I learned to spin and weave over 30 years ago. I retired in 2013, joined Fibre Arts Network and began spinning, weaving, and felting up a storm!
It is such joy for me to delve into this passion again and I haven’t stopped. I am at home in my studio which is a beautiful, bright solarium! Spinning wheel and dyed wool. I obtain local fleece. Wash it, tease it, card it, sometimes dye it and then spin it!
I use a Mud River spinner because it has a large spindle and I can put a lot of woven wool on it. Same with felting. It takes me a day or so to felt and dye a lot of wool. Then I let my imagination go!
I gather stones, beads, feathers, wood and start to create images. A walk around Radium Hot Springs seeing Big Horn Sheep or a hike to Sinclair Creek, my favourite hike. The mountains are always close and always stunning… I start with felting pieces of coloured wool together… Raw felted mountainscapes. Then I add the detail… fancy stitches, wild flowers such as daisies, tansy and paintbrush.
I like the four distinct seasons in our area. I like felting autumn leaves, foxgloves and daisies in spring and summer and bare snow covered trees in winter. My images are often three dimensional and the beading and detail are missed in photographs.
All pieces have been Scotch Guarded for protection. You just need to dust or wipe gently with a soft damp cloth.
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
The natural world is spectacular in the Columbia Valley! The natural hum of life is magnificent. I never take this beauty for granted.
This piece was needle felted using spun and dyed wool.
22” x 16”
WALK UP THE MOUNTAIN
Woven in a frame, I created this image of things we often take for granted living in our valley….the trees, the mountains the small creeks…the woodland wonder around us.
21.5” x 17” $150
THE SUN WILL RISE
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Victor Hugo
19” x 23” $100
RAVEN AND THE MOON
The Raven and the Moon is the subject of so many aboriginal legends. A mystic power moves within a frosty night.
12” x 15” $50
A burst of valley forest flowers in Springs.
11” x 9” $50
A bright and cheery image made with felt pieces, stitchery, and beads. Can you hear the song?
9” x 11”
KING OF THE VALLEY
Big Horn Sheep comfortably roam the town of Radium Hot Springs.
17” x 15” $120
A woven version of Van Gogh’s famous painting.
19” x 15” $ 150
Beethoven’s Birds in song to a very familiar hymn.
This piece was woven on a frame using spun and dyed wool.
25” x 13” $100
So many sounds on valley trails. A walk in the woods made with needlefelting over handmade felt adding spun wool and natural objects.
20.5” x 20.5” $120
BIRCH TREES AT NIGHT
The sounds of night time among birch trees.
15” x 18” $60
A group of bird houses in a tree makes for a noisy place in time.
9.5” x 7.5” $40
BROOK TROUT AT PLAY
Fish jumping in a busy mountain river make for a creative visual
15” x 19” $100
MUSIC ON THE WIND
The Song of many forest sounds on the wind.
15” x 12.5” $75
Cheeky chatter in the trees.
12” x 12” $40
MOUNTAIN TRAIL WATERFALL
A woven image creates this mountain visual. A waterfall is the sound you hear running over rocks and down to the valley.
Circular 16” across $150
BIRDSONG IN SPRING
The valley in Spring comes alive after winter…wind, birdsong, flowers.
14.5” x 17” $100