Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada
In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.
My studio is a cosy bedroom in our rambling farmhouse on Wolfe Island. It is sometimes impressively tidy, but at others it is a maze of wool, tools, fabric, papers and fluff. Right now it more closely resembles the latter. As it is the only space in my home that is truly mine it tends to fill with things other than the essentials for production. My fiddle. Old photographs. Childhood journals. Earrings. Treasured toys. My aim is a space where everything has it’s place, and wherever you eye lands you’ll see something lovely.
I am a big fan of shelves, chests and baskets. Books, paper, notions and tools are on wooden shelves in easy reach. A large vintage bureau holds my stash of yarn. Many baskets can be seen, mostly filled with wool. Hidden in behind are utilitarian plastic tote boxes for less used or less attractive items.
Where do you normally get your things?
Old: For clothing, housewares and knick knacks, I am a thrift store junkie. I cannot say no. From the big chain stores to the small town one-offs, I love them all. I also like antique markets, estate auctions and yard sales. I love the feeling of searching among the masses of things to find the perfect item.
Handmade: One of my favourite things to do when I am selling at craft fairs is shopping or swapping with the other vendors. I value handmade objects highly and feel lucky to look around me and see the works of so many talented makers.
And then there are the yarn stores.
What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
This is a tough one. My inclination is to say something like my spinning wheel (an Ashford Traditional from about 1982 that has been in my possession since 2005), but really, if I were to ever lose it it, I’m sure I could find another wheel that I liked. On the other hand, my huge collection of digital photos of my children (dating back to 2003) is irreplaceable.