Fiber has always been my favorite medium to work with. From designing and creating my very first appliqued jumper for our daughter's first day of school (Schoolhouse/Apple design) to discovering hand dyeing wool and creating hand hooked rugs I have continued to love working with fiber. My goal of creating fiber art by hand was reached when I discovered rug hooking. The ability to take wool yardage and dye it the way I wanted it and creating fiber art was instantly appealing.  

From a simple pig or sheep design enhanced with some wild handspun fibers, to recreating vintage or family photographs in hooked fiber is artistically gratifying. The process of pulling loops of boiled wool strips or handspun fiber through linen backing all by hand is a very relaxing process. I begin with a simple line drawing (think coloring book simplicity) and then the fun begins.  I do very little planning with each rug, deciding on color and texture as I hook. By working this way each piece comes to life in fiber with no rules or directions to hold back the creative process.

I decided recently to use my hand-dyed wools, some wild handspun fibers and some found buttons to create Hens with Hobbies. These were intended as pin cushions with a personality and are just fun as décor. As I was making the first one I started developing silly stories, bantering back and forth with my grandson, Zack, and within minutes we were laughing hysterically at the silly hobby possibilities and Hens with Hobbies was born.  

Creating art should be rewarding, relaxing and fun and I have to say it is definitely all three for me.