Brindilles et Ficelles

Needle-felted dolls, teacups, shoesThat’s Fancy French for twigs and twine.  Then add...

  • Buttons and scraps and beads
  • an orphaned earring, a broken brooch
  • bits of bracelets, keychains, charms and lockets
  • a floodgate of meaning in an orphaned piece of a thing in the back of a drawer
  • recycled clutter, things of yours, things of mine
  • whimsical, worrisome, wonderful things woven together with sticks and strings

Fascination with fiber, fabric, buttons and beads comes naturally to me as it has with many generations of the women in my family. I am happiest when creating something with my hands.

As a former theater arts professional, I feel about handcrafts the same way I feel about singing – first you learn how to do it the right way and then you learn how to do it the way that is right for you. I continue to reach beyond traditional methods and patterns and find my own ways with design.

Recently, a friend said, “my train of thought has left the station.” That’s the way it is with me, as one handcraft melds into another. Knitting, embroidery, beads, buttons and orphaned jewels happily co-exist with needle-felted totems and accessories, extravagant crazy quilts and other fiber-art challenges in this small corner of my world.