HouseSparrowNesting

House Sparrow Fine Nesting

Sapulpa, Oklahoma · 320 Sales

HouseSparrowNesting

House Sparrow Fine Nesting

Sapulpa, Oklahoma 320 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(57)

Announcement   Handmade textiles for home and garden, inspired by friends, family, and the American southern plains.
IG // @housesparrownesting
Pinterest // pinterest.com/hsfinenesting
Custom Orders // n [!at] housesparrownesting.com
In Tulsa at Retro Den, 1216 S. Harvard Avenue, and west elm in Utica Square
In KCMO at Tiny House Creative, http://tinyhousecreative.com

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 31, 2016

Handmade textiles for home and garden, inspired by friends, family, and the American southern plains.
IG // @housesparrownesting
Pinterest // pinterest.com/hsfinenesting
Custom Orders // n [!at] housesparrownesting.com
In Tulsa at Retro Den, 1216 S. Harvard Avenue, and west elm in Utica Square
In KCMO at Tiny House Creative, http://tinyhousecreative.com

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WORKSHOP, 8/5: Macrame Brunch at HSFN Studio
WORKSHOP, 8/5: Macrame Brunch at HSFN Studio
$25.00
WORKSHOP, 7/8: Macrame Brunch at HSFN Studio
WORKSHOP, 7/8: Macrame Brunch at HSFN Studio
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Inspired by Friends, Family, and Our Home On the American Southern Plains

House Sparrow Fine Nesting is an on-going project by me, writer and textile maker Natasha Ball.

The goal at House Sparrow Fine Nesting is to share the craft and culture of textile making. When I’m not with students in schools or in weaving and macrame workshops, I’m in my studio at Prairie House (IG: @prairiehouse) creating woven wall tapestry, hanging macrame sculpture, handspun yarn, and natural dye. Each piece is created to foster your participation in craft, community, storytelling, and to complement what you love most about your favorite spaces.

Vintage fiber art and antique tools of the craft join the best of wool mills, spinners, and dyestuffs of the Arkansas River Valley of Oklahoma, my home. I come from people who made things. My work with textiles has been an effort to discover, document, and pass on this heritage.

I grew up on the west side of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, metro. I moved back a few years ago. When I go to town, I drive by the elementary school my grandmothers, my mother, and I all went to. Nearby is where the old cotton, steel, and glass mills where my grandparents and great-grandparents made their working lives. I’m proud to be from people who made their living by their hands. I’m grateful that I can make my life in the same place they made theirs. These characters, where they lived, and the things they loved often sneak into my work.

My husband is a smart man who often comes home with gifts for me. One night early in our marriage, my gift from him was a learn-to-knit kit. I wasn’t without prior instruction in the handcrafts. My grandmothers created sprawling and skillful works in crochet and quilting, and each taught me a thing or two. I studied textiles as part of my degree in American Studies at OSU, when I interviewed dozens of quilters in our part of the state about their work and its meaning. Even so, it took a detour through the arts-and-crafts aisle by a man who is much more at home on a thousand-yard rifle range to urge me grow into my inheritance.

For centuries women have used textiles and handcraft as a way to speak out, to validate what was dismissed as house work and to assert their value in the public sphere. Symbols and patterns used in quilts, weavings, even the colorwork in your knitted mittens are anchored in tradition and quiet dignity. That our grandmothers had the courage, energy, and creativity to transform scraps left over from caretaking into new, beautiful things has always inspired me.

In the world we live in, dominated by global concerns which have changed how we shop, eat, work, sleep, and even the shapes of our cities, homes, and our very bodies, weaving art into such a space is a bold act indeed. Not that Target and Apple and Costco can't serve us, but every dollar for art made special, for days or weeks or years the creator can never get back, is a vote for a way of life lived closer to the ground, to the veins and bones. Plus, when you bring art into your home, you’ll likely unsettle a guest at some point. This is what friends are for.

A house sparrow is an everyday bird, also known as a weaver finch. My oldest son has always found these regular, commonplace creatures worth noting, so I thought I would, too. House Sparrow Fine Nesting was born in spring 2015.

I begin my working days by climbing to the second floor of a 100-year-old carriage house. With Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic (IG: @audreyeclectic) and our families, we renovated this house as a pair of studios, a workshop space, and a place to raise our children. To honor its place in time as well as geography—it hugs the edge of historic Route 66 and the brick, Victorian- and Prairie-style facades of downtown Sapulpa, the seat of Creek County, Oklahoma—we decided to call it Prairie House.

Heather paints in her sunroom studio, which overlooks a rock garden flooded with flowers. I weave and knot next door in my treehouse-like studio, where I pass the day in the shade of a towering Black Walnut. Our library is filled with books—calligraphy, folk art, Japanese tie-dye, and dozens of subjects in between. Our sun-drenched workshop space has seating for 12 and showcases the house's original floors, which talk back as you walk across. It's here that sometimes, after the sun sets, we serve supper and sit with friends while we knit, weave, and spread out our favorite stories.

Outside, the sidewalk gardens that lead the way to our front door mark the seasons with tulips in spring, hollyhocks and roses in summer, and mums in fall. Prairie House has transformed into a space to breathe and unwind. It's a place where you can get away at the same time that it's a place to start to find your way back. You can learn something new and discover kindred spirits. We're proud to call it home, and we hope we'll see you there.

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  • Natasha

    Owner, Textile Maker

    I'm proud to come from people who made things. A writer by trade, my work with thread and textiles has been an effort to locate, document, and live out this heritage. IG: @housesparrownesting Pinterest: hsfinenesting

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Last updated on August 31, 2016
House Sparrow Fine Nesting is weaving, macrame, and natural fibers for home and garden, plus handcraft workshops. Designs feature up-cycled vintage housewares and the products of wool mills, spinners, and dyestuffs of the river valley in the American southern plains where my family has made its home for over a century.

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HSFN accepts credit and debit cards, Etsy gift cards, and PayPal. Need to cancel your order? Customers love that I often ship my orders the same day they are placed, but this means fast action is necessary if your needs change. Send me a message at your earliest convenience and I'll do my best to accommodate you.
Shipping
House Sparrow Fine Nesting ships within the US via USPS Priority, USPS First Class Mail, and UPS Ground unless otherwise noted. All large pieces (wall hangings 24 inches or wider) ship UPS Ground. I seek out packing paper, gift boxes and shipping boxes made from reused or recycled materials.

Need expedited shipping or special arrangements? Please contact me before you purchase.

Ordering a gift? Free gift wrapping is available on every item in the HSFN shop. Simply select the wrapping option during checkout. Note: I'm happy to include with your gift a personal message from you for no extra charge. Simply let me know what you would like me to write (to fit on a postcard) in the "Note to House Sparrow Nesting" during checkout.
Refunds and Exchanges
Pure, simple, lamb-bounding-through-the-fields happiness. That's how you should feel when you open your package from HSFN. If you are for any reason dissatisfied with your order, please contact me. I will do my best to resolve the problem quickly. I'm also happy to address your refund or exchange questions.
Additional policies and FAQs
Need a custom order? You've said the magic words. I'd love to work with you on a custom weaving or macrame piece to suit your favorite space. Pricing varies with size, materials, and complexity, so it's best that we chat. Say hello and tell me a bit about what you're looking for: n [!at] housesparrownesting.com

Wholesale or consignment? Sorry, my dance card is full when it comes to wholesale and consignment availability right now.

Questions about my products or policies? I'm all ears here on Etsy via conversation or by email, n [!at] housesparrownesting.com.