Final day of our Fiber Trunk Show blog series! Last but not least, here is the incredible Debbie, our spinning fashionista and one of the winners of our Halloween costume contest.
What's your name, what's your business name, and where are you from?
My name is Debbie and I'm the person behind Tanuki Dyeworks. I'm based in Cambridge, MA.
What came first knitting - dyeing - spinning?
I learned to knit as a freshman in college, and then I picked up
spinning while writing my undergrad thesis. One thing led to another,
and I started dyeing my own fiber the year after that.
What's your favorite fiber to work with?
I love dyeing BFL(blue-faced leicester) and silk blends! I get inspired by the luster of the fiber, and both of them just soak up dye like crazy. From a spinning perspective, I usually aim to make laceweights and sock yarn, so silk's drape and BFL's durability really suit my needs.
How do you fend off creative-block?
Sometimes, I pick an idea or theme and dye a collection based around
that theme. It's a fun cerebral exercise that really helps me analyze
the way that I dye *I'll be bringing my Odyssey collection to the trunk
show!) I think the most important thing is to just keep creating,
though, even if you don't know exactly where you're going with it yet.
Uninspired times are perfect for experimenting with new techniques and
materials. I feel like if I acknowledge that I'm working without a fully
thought-out plan, it takes a lot of pressure off and I'm freer to come
up with new ideas.
What do you love to make with your yarn/fiber?
I love fine-gauge spinning. It pleases my thrifty soul to be able to
make an entire shawl or a pair of socks out of a braid of fiber. I enjoy
the portability of spindle spinning--I can bring my Bossie to Pints
& Purls and walk around talking to people.
Any exciting things in the works that you want to share with us?
I recently started stocking organic merino top! I'm excited to be able to offer this hormone-free, pesticide-free fiber, and being merino, it's also dreamily soft. I'll be bringing some braids of that to the trunk show, so watch out for it!