TheSavvyStitch

Handspun yarn and luxury accessories

Vermontville, Michigan · 224 Sales

TheSavvyStitch

Handspun yarn and luxury accessories

Vermontville, Michigan 224 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Yarn is Art

Ever since I was young I was drawn to yarns and fibers. I remember a 5th grade demonstration by a woman with a spinning wheel and I vowed that day that I would learn to do that … someday. It seemed like an impossible goal at the time, but I was truly mesmerized by the craft.

In my early twenties I made this dream come true when I went to the Michigan Fiber Fest and purchased two angora rabbits and a spinning wheel.

Learning to spin using angora was probably the hardest way to learn how to spin. I used a book, “Spinning for Softness and Speed”, and a lot of trial and error. When a friend gave me some wool to try I was shocked at how easy it was to spin and lamented the hours of frustration spent in learning to spin using this fine, slick uncooperative angora fiber. To say nothing of the process of harvesting the fiber from the live rabbit, who was also, without fail, uncooperative.

Eventually we got llamas, another lifelong dream, and more eventually alpacas. The alpacas didn’t stick; we found their personalities too bizarre for us. But we still have a few llamas, although I no longer use their fiber as I have found there are far softer fibers than llama.

My recent journey in fiber art has taken me from single ply yarns spun from hand painted and hand dyed rovings made of wool tops including merino, silk, Blue Faced Leicester, bamboo, Tencel, and, really, anything soft, to a more artsy, creative path.

My craft has evolved more toward the art yarn, no longer being content to spin a straight single, even though they are so lovely and versatile. But alas, I needed to grow and express my inner wild spirit. I seek to create yarns that have personality, texture, and uniqueness. Skeins that cannot be replicated.

Beginning in 2014 many of my yarns are the art yarn variety. And since 2015 this is almost exclusively what I am spinning. Although, every now and then I will spin a single if that is what the fiber yearns for. I let the fiber tell me most of the time.

Creating an art yarn is a lot of work.

I start out with a beautiful roving or fiber art batt which will already include texture and loose locks. To add texture and color I add more loose locks; Teeswater, Wensleydale, and Border Leicester are my favorites because they are long and soft and have a nice curl. Before incorporating them into the spinning process they have to be processed. This means picking them apart, removing any felted areas, allowing any vegetative matter to fall out, and spreading it out so that it can be easily spun. It can take hours to prepare some locks for spinning. Sometimes I like the yarn to be fuzzy and sometimes I like to leave tails. It makes a difference in how the locks are prepared. So, I have to have a plan in mind before I start.

Lately I’ve also been incorporating short lengths of sari silk into my art yarns. It adds a splash of color and a chunk of texture. I am really enjoying this new creative component to my yarns.

In the end, every skein is unique. It is not possible for me to replicate a skein, even if I tried, it could not be done. So if you find something you fancy, snatch it because it’s the only one!

Thank you for reading my story and I wish you well in your own creative journey!
Sincerely,

Heidi

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  • Heidi Heuser

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    I have always had a love for nature and animals. To make something beautiful straight from nature, without harming nature, is a true joy.

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Last updated on Feb 8, 2017
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Custom and personalized orders

Due to the unique and one-of-a-kind nature of my yarns and the supplies from which I make them, I do not do custom orders.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Each skein or hand knitted item comes wrapped in tissue paper, tied with yarn or ribbon.