Art Yarn

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Published in: on January 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm  Comments (2)  

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

Outside:

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Inside:

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

Felted Mats with Curly Locks

These are about 20″ x 8″.  I’ll add a bit of embroidery to some of the hand-spun yarn embellishment; then press the mats flat before taking them to the shops.  I was pleased with the texture of the yarns; and how the yarns meshed with the merino on the surface: even the strips of silk fabrics that I used in spinning some of the yarns found their way securely into the surface.IMG_1218IMG_1220

Published in: on May 17, 2017 at 8:54 pm  Comments (2)  

Little Felted Cases

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Made of merino, yak, camel, alpaca and silk; with embroidery and one or two metal leaf beads; and a bit of surprise on the inside of the flap: for holding a special gift or poem, business or credit cards; amulets or antidotes; a favorite feather or stone.

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Published in: on May 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment