meet the Willettes

i first met my friends Linda and Stephen Willette about 5 years ago when we were booth neighbors at a fiber festival further upstate. they are the cutest and sweetest couple you’ve ever seen, and they make exquisitely hand-crafted wooden tools for fiber artists: crochet hooks, knitting needles, yarn bowls, looms, and a whole range [...]

i HEART dropcloth!

i  L O V E  that feeling of finishing a project. don’t you?*

i’ve been a fan of embroidery artist Rebecca Ringquist and her *dropcloth* samplers since the moment i first saw the original one at my very first Squam. and i have quite a collection of her hand-drawn printed samplers. which, for the most part, [...]

Spirit of Mastery

http://www.vimeo.com/90782584

i’ve always been very attached to the idea of documenting life through photography. family photo albums, both from before i was born as well as after i entered the world are still some of my most treasured possessions. i mean, if i didn’t have this, i would have long since forgotten what it was like [...]

paper doll

when i moved up to the Hudson Valley from NYC in 2009, i knew exactly 2 people who lived up here, and wondered how i’d ever make new friends since my plan was to become a complete hermit. i also wondered if i’d ever be able to find *my* kind of people… makers, artists, oddballs… [...]

intuitive lens

Intuitive Lens with Thea Coughlin from Squam on Vimeo.

people tell me all the time that they wish they could go to Squam. and i always say that i wish everyone could go, because it is such a magical, transformative experience. well, here’s a way you can get a taste of the magic without having to [...]

slow yarn

http://www.vimeo.com/45606505

this sweet video was made by the talented filmmakers i’m so pleased to be working with over at creativebug. it features Jill and me, talking with our friend and LYS-owner and sheep farmer Paula. we’re in the field with Paula’s Cormo sheep, chatting about how we all traded in our hectic lives in Brooklyn for [...]

VOTE for JILL!

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if you know me, or even if you just read my blog, you probably have at least heard me mention my pal (and other *knot*) Jill Draper. you likely also know that she Makes Stuff. scrumptiously soft, vibrantly hand-painted, locally sourced YARN to be precise. you may be aware that she’s a brilliant knit designer. [...]

patterns ahoy!

one of the perks of being best buds with an *indie yarn dyer* is that occasionally she might slip you some yarn to play with. i’ve been trying to make the transition from crocheting zillions of hats and things to sell from the patterns in my head, to writing down those patterns so they can [...]

oh Canada!

i am VERY excited to tell you about my upcoming, first-ever INTERNATIONAL teaching trip! in just a few weeks, Gertie and i will be loading up the car and road-tripping up to Toronto. who knew it was only 7 hours away? we didn’t, at least until Alisa came [...]

book review: design your own tees

i met Jen Cooke around 12 years ago, when i used to carry her hand-printed supremely colorful line of T-shirts, Raeburn Ink, in my shop in NYC. we’ve been friends ever since. i can still remember the very first group of tees she brought me; the prints were from the insides of security envelopes that [...]

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