PineLedgeFiberStudio

Handspinning, Weaving & Dyeing by Joanne Littler

Fairfax, Vermont · 0 Sales

PineLedgeFiberStudio

Handspinning, Weaving & Dyeing by Joanne Littler

Fairfax, Vermont 0 Sales On Etsy since 2006

Announcement   Welcome to my Etsy store!

You'll find a variety of handmade fabrics here - most of them woven, several made with yarns I spin myself, and many of them hand dyed.

All of them come from a deep and abiding interest in fiber, yarn, color and texture. Spinning, weaving and dyeing are my answer to the question: What will I do about expressing myself creatively?

There are many ways to manipulate the look and feel of cloth and several life-times worth of techniques to explore.. but I find myself drawn to (and most curious about) the way yarns and fibers 'show up' in a finished piece.

Maybe that's because, for me, spinning is where it all begins.

Knowing how it feels to handle the starting fibers - whether cotton, cashmere, silk, wool or hemp; observing changes in thickness, softness, smoothness, and strength; noticing the way light reflects off the surface of the fibers or how colors combine along the length of a yarn; then purposely incorporating certain characteristics - choosing what goes into a yarn for a specific reason - all of of those experiences are part of handspinning.

And all of those things help me make fabric I love: fabric with a particular look, feel or drape; fabric that is pleasing to use, and wonderful to hold; fabric that has some special characteristic related to the fibers and yarns themselves; fabric that's been 'put together' by hand, in a particular way, for a particular reason.

My focus on yarn and what it will 'do' may be why I prefer experimenting within the boundaries of plain weave. Every piece of cloth I make is the result of something I've wanted to learn and practice. Plain weave helps me see and understand what's happening with the yarn. Complicated patterns confuse me. My focus is on the shapes, colors and textures of the yarns and how they interact. My aim is to discover how these characteristics effect the finished fabric.

My fabrics and yarns are my experiments and part of my continuing education.

I like making fabrics that have a purpose - a job to do. Things that can be used and enjoyed. Some are 'every-day' functional, some are very, very special. I'm not a production worker and rarely make more than one of anything, although I do re-visit favorite fabrics and make similar pieces once something has sold. If a piece is one of a series of color variations, that information will be included in the description.

I find working with multi-colored fibers and variegated yarns particularly fascinating. Their color interactions change and flow in different directions – making them nearly impossible to duplicate. And to me, that's part of the appeal when purchasing anything made by hand.


My home/studio is smoke-free, cat & dog friendly.
My looms are Leclerc, and Counter-Balance.
My spinning wheel of choice is the Ashford Traditional.

Announcement

Welcome to my Etsy store!

You'll find a variety of handmade fabrics here - most of them woven, several made with yarns I spin myself, and many of them hand dyed.

All of them come from a deep and abiding interest in fiber, yarn, color and texture. Spinning, weaving and dyeing are my answer to the question: What will I do about expressing myself creatively?

There are many ways to manipulate the look and feel of cloth and several life-times worth of techniques to explore.. but I find myself drawn to (and most curious about) the way yarns and fibers 'show up' in a finished piece.

Maybe that's because, for me, spinning is where it all begins.

Knowing how it feels to handle the starting fibers - whether cotton, cashmere, silk, wool or hemp; observing changes in thickness, softness, smoothness, and strength; noticing the way light reflects off the surface of the fibers or how colors combine along the length of a yarn; then purposely incorporating certain characteristics - choosing what goes into a yarn for a specific reason - all of of those experiences are part of handspinning.

And all of those things help me make fabric I love: fabric with a particular look, feel or drape; fabric that is pleasing to use, and wonderful to hold; fabric that has some special characteristic related to the fibers and yarns themselves; fabric that's been 'put together' by hand, in a particular way, for a particular reason.

My focus on yarn and what it will 'do' may be why I prefer experimenting within the boundaries of plain weave. Every piece of cloth I make is the result of something I've wanted to learn and practice. Plain weave helps me see and understand what's happening with the yarn. Complicated patterns confuse me. My focus is on the shapes, colors and textures of the yarns and how they interact. My aim is to discover how these characteristics effect the finished fabric.

My fabrics and yarns are my experiments and part of my continuing education.

I like making fabrics that have a purpose - a job to do. Things that can be used and enjoyed. Some are 'every-day' functional, some are very, very special. I'm not a production worker and rarely make more than one of anything, although I do re-visit favorite fabrics and make similar pieces once something has sold. If a piece is one of a series of color variations, that information will be included in the description.

I find working with multi-colored fibers and variegated yarns particularly fascinating. Their color interactions change and flow in different directions – making them nearly impossible to duplicate. And to me, that's part of the appeal when purchasing anything made by hand.


My home/studio is smoke-free, cat & dog friendly.
My looms are Leclerc, and Counter-Balance.
My spinning wheel of choice is the Ashford Traditional.

Joanne Littler

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Joanne Littler

About

Spinning to Weave, Dyeing to Spin and Weave

I consider myself a hand spinner who weaves - so when my family and I moved to Vermont in 1997, the focus of my business was on hand spinning: offering classes on spinning and working with wool; selling supplies to other spinners; and doing quite a bit of custom hand spinning - mostly Alpaca, but also quite a bit of dog!

I no longer offer custom spinning and weaving of dog fiber, but I still get inquiries from devoted pet owners - thanks to an article that appeared in "Bark" magazine a few years ago.

Weaving took a bit of a back seat while I established my credentials as a hand spinner, but when I started doing craft shows in 1999, it became clear that combining the skills gave me a bit of an edge.

Also In 1999, I was accepted as a crafts vendor by the Burlington (VT) Farmers' Market, and for a few years I also participated in the Stowe, VT, Farmers' Market.

In 2012 I took a sabbatical leave from the Farmers' Market and as 2013 rolled around, I decided the time was right to give up my booth space and get back to my roots. I'm happiest spending time here in the studio. But FYI - the Burlington Farmer's Market is the best gig ever!

At first, I imagined this might feel something like semi-retirement, but it turns out I'm just differently busy: offering private instruction; blogging; selling equipment and supplies; and documenting my progress as I try new things and begin to incorporate what I'm learning into what I love best - making fabric.

The truth is, it's all about weaving with my handspun. All the other fiber work is practice. As I continue to explore new fibers, weave experimental yardage, try different uses for a variety of yarns, and combine colors of dye, - it's all practice. Practice that will leads to more - different? better? weaving with my handspun yarn.

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    Owner, Spinner, Weaver, Dyer, Teacher, Photographer

Shop policies

Last updated on September 9, 2013
Thank you for taking a moment to check out my shop policies.

Spinning yarn, weaving cloth, and dyeing fibers, yarns and fabric is slow work, but incredibly satisfying and rewarding. The look and feel of handmade fabric is very special, and one of my goals is to make things that can be used and enjoyed.

Another of my goals is that my work will provide years of service. My hand spun/handwoven pieces, in particular, are of heirloom quality and with proper care, will be appreciated by future generations of fabric lovers.

When you purchase one of my handmade fabrics or yarns, you will receive information about care and storage. Hand washing is recommended and instructions are included with each piece.

If, for any reason, you decide an item is not right for you, please contact me immediately. You may return any item for a refund or exchange according to the terms listed in my refund policy information below.

And also, please contact me if you have any questions about my policies or questions about any particular piece.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please let me know as soon as possible if you decide to return your purchase.

You may return any item within 30 days of purchase for an exchange, or if you prefer, a refund of the purchase price (less a $10 handling fee for items over $100).

The item must be in its original condition with no signs of wear or use, and you are responsible for all return shipping costs. Insurance and delivery confirmation are recommended.
Payment
PayPal is my preferred method of payment. Items will be shipped as soon as possible after payment is received - usually within 1-2 business days.
Shipping
Shipping in The United States: All items are shipped USPS Priority Mail. Items valued over $100 will include insurance.

Shipping to Everywhere Else: Items valued under $400 are shipped using First Class International Package rates. Items valued over $100 will include insurance. Items valued over $400 will be shipped Priority Mail International and shipping fees will include insurance. Buyers are responsible for any customs fees.

If you want or need expedited delivery, please contact me requesting information about the additional shipping charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom Orders: Please contact me if you are interested in having something made to your specifications. My spinning, weaving and teaching schedules limit the amount of time available for custom orders, but it may be possible to include your request in my schedule. I welcome feedback and suggestions, especially regarding sizes, colors, types of fiber and finishing techniques (fringe vs. hand sewn hems). Please contact me with your questions and/or suggestions.