WOOLEN FOLK ART
About the wool: Fabric is my passion and working with wool is what I enjoy most. I search high and low for high quality 100% wool. Once the wool arrives in my studio it is washed and dried to fluff and shrink. Now the fun begins with adding color!
Dying the wool: Creating colors that are soft and earthy, what I call primitive color palette. Using those primitive colors to create the multitude of light and dark shades make up my collection of hand dyed wool bundles. Each dye bath is unique as I mix and match solid and textured wools to create the bundles for sale in my ETSY shop listed in section "HAND DYED WOOL BUNDLES" . If you are looking for individual colors check out the section: "HAND DYED WOOL SINGLE COLORS" which allows buyers to select specific colors and sizes needed.
About the patterns: The patterns I prefer are very simple in design with inspiration coming from nature. As a painting major at the Cleveland Institute of Art we learned how to create cohesive works balancing color and imagery. Now I use the wool colors similar to using paint to hook onto a backing called Belgian Linen. If you're interested in purchasing a pattern visit my ETSY shop selection of patterns by clicking HERE.
ARTIST DARCI SPILMAN
I have been an artist my entire life. My interest in color and shapes began at a very young age with coloring. My interest in fabric came later by participating in 4H Sewing. Art was my favorite subject in school. I continued on to college and studied ceramics and painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. After graduating I had an artist studio in the warehouse district and participated in gallery shows. Soon I began the enjoyment of raising two boys so making artwork was always something I dabbled in over the next 20 years. Artwork and rugs began to overflow and my extended family accepted my gifts. I loved working on projects and always had one or two going at once.
Now that I'm retired as Executive Director of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce and my children have left the nest, I'm working on my favorite craft which is rug hooking. In order to satisfy my need for creating endless projects I took a very large step and entered my application into a local art show called "ART BY THE FALLS". That was two years ago and now I have learned how to support my work with the sale of products.
Everyday I begin with an endless list of "to do's" and find myself busy dying wool, sending orders out around the world, and creating inventory for my upcoming shows. The ETSY SHOP came about so I could share my wool and patterns with other "hookers". People who enjoy working fabric to make their craft have purchased my wool bundles and commented on how beautiful the colors and textures are. I have shipped wool bundles around the world. Just last week a large 6 bundle package went to Tokyo, and another off to the Netherlands. Oh what FUN!!!!
I remember attending my first rug hooking show at a local art center gallery and had no idea it would take me where I am today. I belong to a local rug hooking guild, Western Reserve, and also a National Hooking Association, ATHA.
CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO
I live in a beautiful community along the Chagrin River in Northeastern Ohio just outside Cleveland. My studio is in my home and I enjoy working outside in my back yard which is next to a forest. Dying wool fabric and hanging the beautiful panels outside to dry gives me a sense of joy. I enjoy walking to the village and biking in the parks. Chagrin Falls is a beautiful part of the country and I'm so fortunate to call it home.
"Click' on the ETSY sign to the left to enter my shop. I would love to help you with hand dyed wool and rug hooking patterns for your next project.