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I'm a second generation crafter living in the Willamette valley in Oregon. My mom used to take me to craft shows when I was growing up. What a fun way to get to know people! I looked forward to going and seeing all the people.
I do several different arts and crafts. The one I've been doing the longest is bead work. I learned peyote stitch when I was in high school. It didn't take me long to come up with my own designs. After all, who wants the same thing everyone else has? I have now been beading for over ten years, and I still enjoy it.
The thing I've been doing more of lately, though is silk painting. I love the way dyes flow when I paint them onto the silk! I got started five years ago when I bought a scarf at a local craft fair for my cousin. It was beautiful, but I got to thinking, what if it had something I made on it? Specially…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 9
  • Joined April 23, 2010

Favorite materials

Silk, aluminum rings, copper wire, silk roving, swarovski crystals

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About

Hi!
I'm a second generation crafter living in the Willamette valley in Oregon. My mom used to take me to craft shows when I was growing up. What a fun way to get to know people! I looked forward to going and seeing all the people.
I do several different arts and crafts. The one I've been doing the longest is bead work. I learned peyote stitch when I was in high school. It didn't take me long to come up with my own designs. After all, who wants the same thing everyone else has? I have now been beading for over ten years, and I still enjoy it.
The thing I've been doing more of lately, though is silk painting. I love the way dyes flow when I paint them onto the silk! I got started five years ago when I bought a scarf at a local craft fair for my cousin. It was beautiful, but I got to thinking, what if it had something I made on it? Specially for her? I went to the library and learned how to paint on silk the next week. I gave my cousin one of the first scarves I painted. She loved it and I've been silk painting since. By the way, I still have the one I bought. Just to remind myself how I got started.
Last year, I started spinning. I took a class and loved it. Most people start spinning wool. I didn't. I had gotten hold of some silk roving, and I wanted to use it. The lady who taught me, said I could. I started spinning silk and have since been working back through other fibers to wool. I'm one of those people who don't like scratchy wool, so I'm still trying to find one I like. So far Alpaca comes closest.
This last summer, I went to Montana to visit a friend and we went to a retreat together. I took a class in chainmaille. I'm hooked! It's fun. I also got into wire wrapping stones and creating natural looking branches out of beads and wire.
Well, that's what I'm up too. Thanks for reading!

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