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Hand-spun yarns and hook rugs, traditional basket-making

Kathy Sparks has been involved in fiber arts since the 1970s. Her graduate work centered on the chemistry of traditional natural dyes and how they attached to angora (rabbit). She is the author of "The Song of the Muskox", which explores the natural history of the animals, the attempts to domesticate them, the work of Dorothy Reade and the establishment of a cottage industry utilizing the knitting skills of indigenous peoples in both Alaska and Northern Canada. She is also a traditional Brown Ash basket maker, focusing on Shaker and other historical styles, such as Taconic. She prepares all her materials, from harvesting the wood for splints from tress to bending and making her own handles and rims. Whether sitting at her spinning wheel producing yarn for knitting or for use on the loom, weaving a basket, extracting natural dyes from historic sources or hooking a primitive rug, her world and studio located in Brown County Indiana is always filed with fiber. Kathy has taught spinning, natural dyeing and basketry workshops for over 30 years. She is never very far from her spinning wheel, dye pots, hooking frame or basket workbench.

 




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