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Nancy Sullivan

In my earliest childhood, I remember being very interested in various plants, thinking they would be useful for — braiding, baskets, etc. I remember my school bus passing by a small farm with sheep and thinking of the wool and how it could be used; seeing the cotton in the fields and wanting to get my hands on the cotton bowls to see what I could do with them. Following my Mother’s tradition of knitting, I was very excited to receive my first pair of knitting needles and a whole skein of yarn of my very own at Christmas at about age 7. In my first job after finishing high school, I was enthralled by the floor covering in the office where I worked. It was made of squares of braided hemp and bamboo fiber (or maybe even palmetto fiber) all sewn together to make a very sturdy floor covering. I wonder if this early weaving interest stems from my partial American Indian ancestry.

As an adult, I loved sewing, knitting and crocheting, but continued to harbor a lively interest in spinning and weaving. I purchased a spinning wheel in the mid-eighties and found what a mesmerizing experience that was. I was able to create yarn from wool, cotton, and flax — even raw cotton, flax, and bamboo in my garden at various times. And, like many other spinners, I had to try out many, many fibers such as angora, alpaca, Alaskan Husky and even the wool from a mountain goat.

I have taken wonderful classes at the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center that were taught by superb weavers including Trish Spillman, Lee Lanning Lisa Trujillo, Jennifer Moore, and Jason Collingwood. I also completed a wonderful class at the renowned Tierra Wools in Los Ojos. In the time I have been weaving, my creations include scarves, vests, jackets, ruanas, rugs, blankets, mug rugs (coaters), wall hangings and even a Scottish tartan.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to weave at Tierra Wools! It is personally satisfying to create from natures’ bounty. I continue to be excited and challenged by the many possibilities weaving offers.