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« on: March 31, 2016 07:54:52 AM »

Tell us a little about yourself
I am first and foremost a mother to three beautiful wild children, and a wife to a wonderful man.  Our home is also occupied by three cats a dog and some fish. We (my husband and I) run a plumbing company in a tiny little village (that morphs into a large town in the summer months. Whoop Tourism!), and are involved in many local organizations (but not the same ones.. can you imagine?! we'd be with each other 24/7!   Shocked )   I've always been crafty, and though my passion for making things has waxed and waned over the years I can't imagine a day without some sort of making.


How did you get started in fiber arts?
It's all Craftster's fault.  Wink The story goes like this: One day I got it into my head that I ought to give cloth diapering a try. I was looking at various forums on the subject and having already acquired mad skills in sewing I thought I'd be better off making my own diaper covers. That lead me to a cloth diaper pattern here, and all the wonders that are hidden within these many many pages and projects.  A gorgeous yarn popped up in the Recent Posts thumbnails and I clicked, wondering what they made with it.  Well, blow me over, they made THE YARN. Mind blown, and fingers itching, I bought a drop spindle and some wool the first chance I got and I was hooked. Down into the fibery rabbit hole with me! Now I spin, felt, dye, and more.  Funnily enough, I never did make a cloth diaper cover...


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What inspires you?
The medium itself.  The possibilities that wool and fibres present are endless.  The use of resists in wet felting, using the texture of the wool to create interesting yarns, the sculpting process of needle felting... that's just the tip of the iceberg, and I've only managed to cover maybe 1/4 of what's seen above the water.


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Do you have a creative philosophy?
I suppose I do. Create something everyday, in any medium, even if it's not your preferred.  Making something often leads to the next idea of what to make or another iteration of the same thing in a different medium. Because slowly it becomes a need not just a want. And it doesn't matter if it's hideous, just make it. Keep going and see it through, you may surprise yourself in the end.

Do you have any advice for someone interested in getting into spinning?
Dive in.  Run out and  get a spindle. Or heck, make one from CD's. You don't need a teacher.  There are tutorials here, and all over the place on the internet.   Make mistakes, make something that resembles yarn, and save it. Keep practicing and go back to that first ever proto-yarn and be in awe of where you started.

What is the favorite project you've ever posted?
Just one?! Such a toss up... I'm torn between my crafty Momma cupcakes, my Snailtaur (or more accurately Rlynns.. He was a swap gift!) and my Secret Keeper. Oh! and The Yarn That Craftster made!

SNAILTAUR

Besides Fiber Arts, what other boards on Craftster would we find some of your work?
You can find me on the cooking boards, knitting & crochet boards... embroidery/needlework... sewing... I even played with clay a few times.. And I think there may be one or two of my projects in More art less Craft.. events and holidays.  I certainly don't practice craft monogamy.


CUPCAKE MAMA

What is your favorite project on Craftster that's made by someone else?
I love all the stumpwork embroidery pieces.

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What is your favorite spinning method?
Woollen! Because it makes soft fluffy springy yarn.

Needle felt vs. Wet felt?
It really depends! I love both for different projects.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
You have time. There's always time for things you want to do, you just need to notice that you have control over it.


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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016 08:04:58 AM »

Awesome pick! I love her stuff!
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2016 08:13:53 AM »

All your work is beautiful, Belladune! It's great to learn more about your background and introduction into Craftster Cheesy I'm really inspired to go actually finish my first spinning project now. Your yarn is gorgeous!
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2016 08:22:32 AM »

Loved reading about you and your work!
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2016 08:31:51 AM »

So happy to see Bella featured!! She has so many crafty talents but I gotta say, I'd love to dive into a pool of her yarn. It always looks so luxurious and colorful!!

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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2016 08:51:21 AM »

I am so glad to read how you got started in your craft!

I am so lucky to have been gifted some of your fabulous hand spun yarn...I love the cowl I made from it.

Also, your needle felting is a great off-shoot of your yarn love...lucky me also got a fabulous felted doll you made! Grin

Thanks for sharing your story...and hope that you will follow your philosophy of making stuff always!
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2016 02:43:52 PM »

Yay! I loved reading this so much! Thanks so much for sharing Belladune, I love your work.


Thanks for posting MW!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2016 03:10:50 PM »

I always thought of you as Queen of Fiber Arts, so it was a joy to get to read a little bit about you and your art. Your work is impeccable and your yarn is divine!
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2016 04:11:55 PM »

This is awesome, I love Bella! I also love hearing about how people find Craftster!
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2016 07:26:01 AM »

Gosh! You guys are filling my cup up today!! <3  I was so thankful for the feature, and then to hear all your compliments...  So  much love!!  You all inspire me so much too.  <3 <3 <3 !!
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2016 07:20:29 PM »

You are my fiber hero Bella!  I'm going to take your advice and bust out a spindle Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2017 09:47:57 AM »

I loved reading this.  I am a total crafting butterfly and could totally relate to everything that you said. .  I rarely land on any one craft for any length of time. There are so many wonderful things to try my hand at... so many crafts... and I have for ever to try them  all
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2017 06:32:27 PM »

Cheesy 
Thanks ladies!!  <3 <3 <3
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