I’ve been doing nothing but perfecting my turning for Russian-style lace spindles. I even experimented with French spindles too.
People have noticed and I have been sending off a freshly turned spindle to a far flung corner of the United States at the rate of about one a week. Between that and teaching classes, I had to go out and get a proper business license and start paying taxes.
I would like to branch out to some other areas as well, but right now my heart is in practicing my turning and experimenting with supported spindles.
From a desire to give something back to others, I met with a woman who manages programs at a local senior citizen’s center and asked her if she might like to open a class for Spindling (making yarn with a wooden spindle). After a demonstration and gift of one of my spindles, she decided she wanted to try and get me into the class catalog. Sometime this spring I’ll be hanging out with a room of women who will all be learning to make yarn on my hand crafted spindles. That excites me and brings together the best of both of my interests… fber arts instruction AND woodworking.
Well, I am neglecting my turning to be here at the computer… so I should get back to it!
-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com