DonnaKallnerFiberArt

Donna Kallner Fiber Art

White Lake, Wisconsin | 788 Sales

DonnaKallnerFiberArt

Donna Kallner Fiber Art

White Lake, Wisconsin 788 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Shipping note: Domestic orders for holiday delivery accepted through December 18. Plant-dyed yarns, scarves and home decor from rural northern Wisconsin, plus nalbinding and looping. Look for updates and studio life at http://instagram.com/donnastitches.

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Last updated on Nov 20, 2018

Shipping note: Domestic orders for holiday delivery accepted through December 18. Plant-dyed yarns, scarves and home decor from rural northern Wisconsin, plus nalbinding and looping. Look for updates and studio life at http://instagram.com/donnastitches.

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Video summary: Peeling homegrown willow. I sell the peeled rods to basketmakers or burn it to make charcoal, and use the bark for homebrewed natural dye.

plant-dyed yarns, botanical print scarves and home decor, nalbinding and looping

As a kid, I lived on a dairy farm in Indiana. Now I 'farm' natural dye materials in rural northern Wisconsin. I use plants I grow and gather (weeds, my dad would call some of them) for dyeing silk scarves, wool yarns and other fibers. In addition to Japanese indigo and woad, I forage leaves, blossoms and other plant parts to use fresh, frozen and dried. In early summer, we peel willow bark to use for dye, then burn the peeled sticks to make willow artist charcoal. In all we do, my husband and I try to make the best use of our resources and live a sustainable lifestyle. That's how I was raised, and those habits have served me well in the 19 years I've been self-employed as a fiber artist.

When I'm not dyeing or collecting dye materials, I teach natural dye and stitching techniques like looping and nalbinding. Looping is an ancient tradition that keeps evolving as contemporary fiber artists put their own spin on it. Never heard of it? Your ancient ancestors probably knew it by another name. Intrigued? You can learn more about looping at http://donnakallnerfiberart.com.

On long winter nights (and during Sunday afternoon Packer games), I spin wool fleece from a local grower into yarn to use in nalbinding hats, mittens and other warm wearables.
It all fits into the life we've crafted here in Wisconsin's Northwoods. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Donna Kallner

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Grower And Gatherer Of Natural Materials, Dyer, Teacher

    Inspired by ancient fiber techniques, I give old ideas a new spin. I teach workshops, dye with plant materials I grow and gather, dye fabric and threads, teach, and blog about life as an artist in rural northern Wisconsin.

  • Bill Kallner

    Woodworker, Harvest Hand

    When not building hand-crafted bentwood landing nets for fly fishermen, Shaker boxes or rustic furniture, my husband Bill helps me harvest willow, strip bark and gather materials for natural dyeing.

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