Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged portland, maine, mayo street arts, wool, big chill, december 2, on the round, spinning, owls head, rachel jones on November 26, 2012 |
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Handspun Yarn, Merino Wool Blend, Thread Plied, 88 Yards/ 3oz, Tendril
What’s going to be on your needles in December? Whatever it is, consider dropping by The Big Chill on December 2nd at Mayo Street Arts to pick up a skein or two from On The Round. Rachel is a local spinner, located in Owls Head, Maine and makes beautiful color combinations with surprising textures. Let’s see:
Hand Dyed Mill Spun Yarn, Worsted Weight, Natural Clun Forrest/Alpaca (60/40) Wool Yarn
Hand Dyed Mill Spun Yarn, Fine Wool Yarn, Heavy Worsted Weight, Single Ply, 120 yards/ 2 oz , Peafowl
Handspun Yarn, Merino Wool Blend, 2 Ply, 500 Yards/ 6.5 oz, CInna
Remember, The Big Chill Holiday Sale is only 6 days away! Sunday, December 2nd from 10am to 4pm at 10 Mayo Street (Mayo Street Arts) in Portland, Maine. We look forward to shopping with you!
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Posted in Vendor Spotlight, tagged portland, maine, craft fair, art, etsy, diy, The BIG THAW, east bayside, mayo street arts, munjoy hill, east end, spring, handmade, vintage, events, bayside, little eye designs, art show, forest city, public events, arts, crafts, craft, sale, mayo street arts center, mayo street, thaw, arts center, warm weather, community calendar, local event, fiber, yarn, spin, wool, drop spindle, weave, felt, skein on April 12, 2011 |
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Party Lights by Lulubeans
Today’s Vendor Spotlight is brought to us by Shanna Tice of The Makings of Shanna Tice. We thank her very much for her time spent putting all this great information together! You can find Lulubeans set up on the lower level of Mayo St. among the artist studios. Without further ado…. Lulubeans!
Basket of Locks by Lulubeans
Soft, dreamy, and luxurious are all things that come to mind when laying your eyes on April Newman of Lulubean’s hand crafted, hand painted fiber and hand spun yarns. April strives for the highest quality fiber when creating an artistic blend for hand spinners. It is also obvious by looking at her work, that she has a sophisticated and elegant color pallet with her hand dyed batches. There is also so much fun in her variety of juicy colors, and she pushes toward a very trendy and modern color combination with her craft as well. I can’t help but think of each batt of blended fibers as a unique one of a kind painting. Not only does April explore color, but she blends fiber in the most creative way using bamboo, faux cashmere, domestic wool, merino lamb, SW merino, sari silk fabric strips, mohair, Tussah silk, baby alpaca, Wensleydale locks, soy silk and kid mohair, and more!
Fiber and Spindles by Lulubeans
When I asked April what inspired her to begin her work as a fiber artist and what gave way to the start of ‘Lulubeans’ she replied, “I taught myself to knit when my first daughter was a toddler. Yarn kept my hands busy and soothed my busy mind. Once I had mastered knitting and purling, making my own yarn was the natural next step!” I then asked her what her favorite part about her work was and the answer didn’t surprise me! “ I love the functionality of what I do. It makes me so happy to know that fiber I have dyed will make a novice spinners first hand-spun yarn, or that a yarn I have spun will be lovingly knit into someone’s favorite hat. Making things that other people use to make things is a great and fantastic thing; the creative chain (and the joy of making!) just keep going, and going. Awesome.” One of her more popular items does just what she loves it to do: teach others to spin. April sells a complete ‘Learn to Spin Drop Spindle Kit’ which includes one top whirl drop spindle, 4 ounces of handpainted domestic wool top (also called roving), clear, easy to follow drop spindle instructions AND hours and hours of fun! You want to give it a go, don’t you!?!
Walrus by Lulubeans
There is so much about the fiber arts community that excites April. “ I have so much admiration for so many artists and crafters. The fiber arts community is hustlin’ and bustlin’ and growing by leaps and bounds online *and* here in Maine. I’ve been so lucky to virtually meet so many talented people, and connect with so many fantastic artists right here in my home state.” Lulubeans has a wide variety of fiber available including beautifully finished hand spun yarn. April plans to show up at ‘The Big Thaw’ not only sharing her fiber wears to the public, but to meet and enjoy a day with fellow artists. “ I can’t wait for The BIG THAW! There’s going to be so much talent and positive energy in one place and it’s going to be so good to be a part of that!” I think we can all agree that we love ‘The Big Thaw’, but what we can also agree on we love the most is what ‘The Big Thaw’ will do to bring us together! YAY!
Hear, hear, ladies! The BIG THAW Arts, Crafts and Vintage Fair will be held THIS WEEKEND on Saturday, April 16th from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. We can’t wait!
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