NancyElizabethDesign

Simply Elegant Heirlooms Luxury Natural & Exotic Fibers

121 Sales

NancyElizabethDesign

Simply Elegant Heirlooms Luxury Natural & Exotic Fibers

121 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(30)

Announcement   NEW Nube Malabrigo's gorgeous tops for spinning, felting, needlefelting and more.
See the "Specials" section for some GREAT DEALS. Many are on sale for the price of the yarn alone.

CUSTOM HANDSPUN YARNS: are temporarily inactive. No new orders until I get caught up a bit. If you have a need for something please feel free to convo me and I will assess my time and let you know (put up a special listing for you) I don't want you to be left unable to finish a project or something.

I love to share my passion for everything fiber! It’s such a huge part of who I am. It seems important to me that we maintain excellence, quality, beauty and joy in the process and practice of fiber art. That we honor the human skills involved, keep them from becoming a dying art and acknowledge the rich heritage, the diversity and multicultural history of handcrafted textiles.

I created Nancy Elizabeth Designs to keep me busy in my retirement. I work out of our Century Farmhouse in Prince Edward “The County”, a small island community on the Canadian Shore of Lake Ontario.

Excellence in Customer Service and Highest Quality Products are my priorities.

Our Guarantee: I am very careful not to accept an order unless I am confident that it will be excellent in every way but if your order is not what you expected or does not exceed your expectations when you receive it, please let me know and send it back right away to be fixed or refunded. 30 days.

Nancy Elizabeth Munroe

Hand Knitter
Knitwear Designer
Hand Spinner
Weaver
Dyer
Quilter
Also dabbles in Jewelry, Watercolor, Pastels, Graphite Drawing and so on

Announcement

NEW Nube Malabrigo's gorgeous tops for spinning, felting, needlefelting and more.
See the "Specials" section for some GREAT DEALS. Many are on sale for the price of the yarn alone.

CUSTOM HANDSPUN YARNS: are temporarily inactive. No new orders until I get caught up a bit. If you have a need for something please feel free to convo me and I will assess my time and let you know (put up a special listing for you) I don't want you to be left unable to finish a project or something.

I love to share my passion for everything fiber! It’s such a huge part of who I am. It seems important to me that we maintain excellence, quality, beauty and joy in the process and practice of fiber art. That we honor the human skills involved, keep them from becoming a dying art and acknowledge the rich heritage, the diversity and multicultural history of handcrafted textiles.

I created Nancy Elizabeth Designs to keep me busy in my retirement. I work out of our Century Farmhouse in Prince Edward “The County”, a small island community on the Canadian Shore of Lake Ontario.

Excellence in Customer Service and Highest Quality Products are my priorities.

Our Guarantee: I am very careful not to accept an order unless I am confident that it will be excellent in every way but if your order is not what you expected or does not exceed your expectations when you receive it, please let me know and send it back right away to be fixed or refunded. 30 days.

Nancy Elizabeth Munroe

Hand Knitter
Knitwear Designer
Hand Spinner
Weaver
Dyer
Quilter
Also dabbles in Jewelry, Watercolor, Pastels, Graphite Drawing and so on

Nancy Elizabeth Munroe

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Nancy Elizabeth Munroe

Alpaca Baby Sweater Pullover Pattern Download
US$5.50

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5 out of 5 stars
(30)
Anna

Anna on Sep 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This sweater is simply adorable. It's so soft and cuddly and well made. The seller is so kind and very helpful. Thank you so much. This will be a treasured heirloom by my Goddaughter for her second child, a boy this time. :)

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About

My passion is discovering and playing with all the wonderful natural fibers and finding creative ways to bring out the best qualities in each of them.

I work out of our Century Home on the northern (Canadian) shore of Lake Ontario in the small island farming community of Prince Edward County. The stunning beauty of the island, with its miles of sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and lighthouses has attracted many artisans while much of the land is still being used for agriculture. I can't imagine living anywhere else on earth. The environment and people are a tremendous inspiration for the creative spirit.

I love to share my passion for maintaining excellence, quality, beauty and joy in the process and practice of fiber art. I want to honor the human skills involved, keep them from becoming a dying art and acknowledge the rich heritage, the diversity and multicultural history of handcrafted textiles.
I try to stay mindful when sourcing my materials, thoughtfully choosing sustainable, natural and renewable resources.

Most of my work begins with an idea and just a pile of raw fiber. These fibers may be a lovely Merino Wool Fleece, imported from a friend with a sheep ranch in Australia, the Mohair shorn from a local Angora Goat or the ultimately soft undercoat of the Cashmere goat, found only in the harsh climate of Mongolia. The fibers are gently washed and combed or carded and spun by hand on one of my Louet spinning wheels. Occasionally I will dye them but mostly I work with the colours that nature provides.

I love the notion of slowing down in order to have quality rather than quantity in life. The idea that fashion should be less dependent on rapidly changing trends and colors (fast money for the rich) and more about quality, sustainability, and thoughtfulness in design and materials is essential. The things we create we should make with care and there should be an expectation that they will have meaning to us. Herein lies great Joy in the creative process.

About Me:
I think I was born with my passion for natural fibers and all of the wonderful things that one can create with them. My Mom says I learned to knit at the age of 2 but in reality I think it was closer to 4 or 5 and by 7 years old I was choosing to spend my Saturdays listening to my record collection and ripping out any old sweater or unfinished projects I could find to provide yarn for my experiments while the other kids went outside to play hop-scotch. I learned everything I could from anyone willing to teach me. My excitement grew as I discovered crochet, weaving, spinning & dyeing, quilting and dressmaking. The natural progression was to study Fashion design with an emphasis on pattern making.
We used to have an old suitcase where my Mother kept her knitting patterns, tools and yarns. I can still remember the way it smelled, the excitement of anticipation as I opened the old books to search for my next project. I remember the bone knitting needles and the extra fine real wool yarns. I remember my Mom’s gentle guidance and encouragement. She was always my most faithful and most enthusiastic supporter. Since I lost her in November 2012 my knitting has become, more than ever, a dedication to her, a thank you for adding so much of value to my life. I often wonder as I pick up a lovely bit of fiber or another pair of knitting needles today if I do this, in part, because of the warm feelings it brings to me of nostalgia … of innocence … of hearthfires and family .

For many years, as a stay-at-home-mom, I had a little shop in the back of the house where I sold a few knitting and spinning supplies but mostly I sold my custom hand knit original designs as well as my handspun yarns. The love for and the practice of Fiber Arts has been a joy and a meditation to me throughout my life. In the 90s I built and managed an online yarn shop called Handknitting.com. It was a huge success but I wasn't getting enough time for family or knitting so I made the heart wrenching decision to sell it to a couple who are doing all of the things I wanted to see happen with it and more.

About the Products:
Just as we all have a story so does each and every one of my hand knit designs and every skein of Handspun Yarn.
My many years of experience in knitting, spinning and running a yarn shop have helped me discover sources for the finest and most exotic and luxurious natural fibers and yarns from around the world. All of my handknits are lovingly and expertly hand knitted in the traditional fashion with great attention to detail and my handspun yarns are spun by hand in my own studio.
A trendy and funky or bumpy yarn will look great for a season and can be fairly easily accomplished by a beginning spinner but for an heirloom quality handknit I prefer and carefully balanced hand spun yarn with a much higher degree of integrity and just enough variety in the thickness to give the finished design that very expensive high-end Handspun look. My goal is always a yarn or finished hand knitted design that will not only last for years and even generations but always be in fashion too.

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    I work in our Century Farmhouse in Prince Edward County on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

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