New in 2018: Wooly Bliss Ox Cart Shop on Facebook

I’ve begun a Facebook page, “Wooly Bliss Ox Cart Shop,” and I invite you to visit and “like” the page, so you’ll receive info about my work that will be for sale online.  On the page I’ll be posting art yarn notecards and other original fiber art featuring my hand-spun yarns and felted work, and I’ll share inspiration and insights.   As always, if you have any questions about what you see or wish to know more about my process/materials, I’m happy to share tips and techniques.  Thank you for your support and feedback!

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Published in: on January 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Working With Art Yarn

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Art Yarn

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Colors of the Heart (rolags for spinning art yarn)

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Photos of Some Recent Work

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Published in: on December 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fresh Fiber: Art Yarn Embellishment for Cards

IMG_1599I’ve been spinning, and will have a limited quantity of these colorful, highly-textured, original, fuzzy, framable “art yarn cards” for sale… (3 for $50 plus postage).  Each one features about three yards of my hand spun yarn, and is guaranteed to temporarily restore serenity.  Please send me an email at: aspangborn@gmail.com for more info.  Happy, healthy, peaceful holidays!

Published in: on December 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hand Spun Connections

IMG_1393Many autumns ago a friend and I were walking with our dogs around a local area called Shingletown Gap when we spied the orange flash of a fox in a nearby field.  My dog, Doobie, a young and muscular mixed breed who looked like a giant yellow lab puppy/lion mix, took off after that flash, and I wondered how far he’d go to chase that fox.  I called for Doobie, and he braked, looking at the fox as it ran.  Then Doobie looked back at me, and turned to look in the direction of the fox, as if weighing his options.

To my delight, Doobie trotted back toward me and sat by my side.  He looked up at me, and I looked down at him, happy that he had returned.  His look said to me “Did you see it?  Wasn’t it great?  Wasn’t it the most exciting thing!  Isn’t it amazing to share this!  And who’s a good boy?  I am, I am.”  We shared that wonderful moment of connection, and so many more in the ten years of his life.  He was such a good boy.

Opportunities for connecting are all around us, in nature, in relationships, in art…  It seems that as we grow older and gain more connections — and also lose connections as we let go of things that cannot last — and have our hearts broken over and over just by the normal progression of life — we might grow in tenderness and compassion; we might become more honest and courageous and thoughtful, or simply more kind, in the interactions and opportunities of our every day, “hand spun” life.

I hope my art helps people find connection and the sweet, simple pleasure of a shared moment.

Published in: on September 25, 2017 at 5:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Creating Your Life

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Hand Spun Art Yarn Card Images

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Little Labors of Love

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Published in: on July 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment