I’m a fibre junkie. I have a really hard time not buying beautiful new yarns even though I have a tote FULL OF YARN already. (Use up your stash. Use up your stash!)
My mom tried to teach me to knit when I was about 13 but I guess I didn’t have the attention span or interest at that tender age. I ended up learning from a friend when I was 19 and now every time the year circles around to September I feel the itch to stitch. It’s like my knitting spidey-sense is activated and I just need to get some yarn going!
All that to say that I love yarns and wools, and one exciting by-product of discovering artists through CreatedHere is that I’ve come across so many artists who work with it in beautiful and unique ways. Instagram is my favourite way to be inspired creatively because it is so visual and I thought I’d compile a list of some fibre artists whom I follow. Just click their names to follow them on Instagram!
1. Sylvette Fortin – Petite Forêt
Sylvette Fortin is a fibre artist who does a bit of everything. She always seems to have plenty of things on the go, from fibre art to illustration. Right now she has this amazing line of felted hand puppets that you won’t want to miss!
2. Anna Mathis – Ploome Fibre Arts
Anna Mathis just launched herself into being a full-time creative entrepreneur, making to her heart’s content and offering workshops to pass on her favourite techniques. Her colours will brighten up your day and inspire your own projects!
3. Elizabeth Miller – Good Fibrations
Elizabeth Miller is the owner of Good Fibrations on Germain Street, she loves everything to do with wool, from dyeing, spinning, weaving and of course knitting. She is running a business of making things and doing it well.
4. Emily McCumber – The Spinner Weaver
Emily McCumber graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design a couple years ago, and after weaving all summer in PEI she started working alongside Elizabeth Miller at Good Fibrations. She also weaves up a storm on her own time, coming up with new designs all the time.
5. Lois McDonald-Layden – Tuckamoor Wildcrafts
Lois MacDonald-Layden makes all kinds of beautiful felted things and has a significant following. My favourites are her line of adorable felted birds, but you have to check out her felted artwork as well.
6. Paula Holmes
Paula Holmes is aka Bayview Fibre Arts, who managed to grow her Instagram audience to 1000 followers in just 9 months. Her photos of deliciously handdyed yarn absolutely qualify as yarn porn. I love seeing her colours come up in my feed!
7. Rachel MacGillivray – Rachel Mac Textiles
Rachel MacGillivray is a fibre artist who also teaches what she loves at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Check out her beautiful handdyed and handspun yarns!
Her new studio space is currently under construction and I can’t wait to see what she’ll make when it’s ready!
8. Alyson Brown – Legacy Lane Fiber Mill
Alyson Brown is the creative force behind Legacy Lane Fibre Mill’s Instagram feed, sharing juicy photos of new designs, colourful dye baths, original colour combinations. The LLFM has a wide range of products and is showing the world what it means to be successful creative entrepreneurs.
10. Trish Hirschkorn – Trish Raine Felting
Trish Hirshkorn is a milliner (hatmaker) who loves to use nuno felting in her designs, which means felting wool with fabrics and creating beautiful combinations of colours and forms. This lady is always coming up with original striking designs!