Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, thread or yarn is likely to be involved.
My passions for fiber, color, and texture began in childhood and have grown steadily over the decades, first as I taught myself to knit; later, I stumbled on a book about temari complete with a starter kit, and I've been making temari ever since.
Once my children began school, I worked in a yarn shop for several years, and taught knitting classes. I began to design my own knits, and my own temari. I realized that the colors and textures and fibers I work with soothe me like nothing else, and the repeated small movements of knitting, and of stitching temari, became my daily meditations. As I have developed as a temari artist, I have also realized that the mandala forms so often worked on temari resonate with me, and I continue to explore the use of circles and mandalas not only in my temari but in art embroideries as well. For I have returned to some of the art and craft of my childhood, specifically embroidery and textile collage. This area of work is still nascent, but in time I hope to show and offer this artwork here on Guild Trip. (If you are curious, please visit my website, www.yarndancevt.com, and see the "Embroidery" and "Made on Monday" galleries.)
Thread by thread, stitch by stitch, row by row—this is how I build my work, and my life
Vermont Handcrafters http://www.vermonthandcrafters.com/
TAFA The Textile and Fiber Art List http://www.tafalist.com/profile/yarndance/
Made on Monday http://katebridger.wix.com/madeonmonday#!india-tresselt/c1tkq
NOTE ABOUT COMMISSIONS: Every piece I make is one of a kind, and may or not be reproducible. However, if you would like to commission a temari ball or a knit similar to any of those shown here, please contact me via the email button on this page.
November 4, 2017: Cozy Nook Craft Fair, Essex Free Library, Essex, Vermont
November 17 - 19, 2017: Craft Vermont, Emerald Room Booth 5A, Sheraton Burlington Conference Center, South Burlington, Vermont USA
By appointment only.
"Studio" is a relative term... Yarn and thread and works-in-progress litter my entire house! If you would like to visit to see available temari, knits, and embroidery or
Did you know...
…Temari originated in China and were brought to Japan around 600 AD
…Temari were originally made as toys
…Traditionally, the ball was made from wads of paper or cloth wrapped with thread
…The core is wrapped with several hundred yards of fine wool and thread, then stitched with perle cotton and metallic threads
…Temari were once given as New Years presents to little girls, and today are considered auspicious, elegant gifts for any occasion
...Linen stitch is a slip stitch knitting technique that produces a fabric that has the look and feel of woven cloth
...Linen stitch is perfect for creating both subtle and bold colorwork effects