FIBER AND LEATHER
I keep busy with teaching classes, exhibiting at craft fairs and festivals in Vermont, supplying shops with my handmade products, gardening and caring for house and home. I am a Master Gardener. The focus of my business is teaching. I work with adults, children, and families in individual and group classes, at my shop studio. I also sell a wide range of new and used spinning wheels, carders, looms, skein winders, commercial yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, dyes, fibers for spinning, and books on; spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and much more.
Swittens- Handmade mittens from sweaters.
Wool sweaters are felted, cut, matched and sewn into unique mittens. No two pairs are alike. Fleece lined for extra warmth and softness. Functional, original and repurposed; giving old sweaters a new look.
Since childhood I've been messing with yarn--my current play involves spinning, dyeing, felting and knitting. Come and touch my work!
Felted Nesting Bowls Toys and Hand Knitted Infinity Scarves
My craft began about 12 years ago, when my daughter mistakenly shrank a lovely LLBean sweater. I was living in Maine, where LLBean sweaters are readily available at garage sales. I have always been a sewer, so I looked at these sweaters for a couple years, before cutting them up to make purses. That led to stockings, pillows and pumpkins. I find sweaters at thrift stores and ebay. My most fun is deciding which embellishment goes on which stocking.
Unique Christmas stockings crafted from upcycled thrift-store sweaters. One of a kind, size is determined by the size of the sweater. Whenever possible, sweater's embellishments are recycled.
Hand Knitted mittens and hand warmers.
Needle felting birds and animals with a variety of types and colors of wool, wire for the armature and wax for the beaks and feet allows for lifelike and poseable creatures from the tiniest bird to a large owl or even an elephant. These are not toys and should be handled with care. A wool reproduction of your pet can be created with the help of photos, to be enjoyed now and after their lifetime.
My work is based on color and texture. Color is a basic instinct for me…something I have relied upon to lift my spirits and tickle my imagination….color musing. It is my joy to make up my color palette whether through threads, dyes, or paints. Then I let the color move me through the form. Texture is necessary, something to pass my hand over …yes, to feel.
My chenille scarves are color play for me but with a sensuous hand, so cozy to wear. My hand painted silk scarves are bold adventures of what dye can do in fibers as it spreads and mingles. I’ve developed a technique which absorbs the dye and patterns to pass along to the following silks. This can create some surprising and exciting effects, keeping my interest keyed for further experimentation. Silks are a quick watercolor, a sketch without the use of an eraser, but it suits my pace.
Neysa Russo resides in Bradford, Vermont where she hand felts wool to create beautiful and functional rugs and home décor tapestries. Inspiration for designs is derived from a passion for antique tapestries, fabric remnants and rugs. Composition and color schemes are planned from years of experience designing needlepoint canvases and the terrific color palette is from Harrisville Mill in New Hampshire. All felt is handmade and created using wool from Vermont and New Hampshire, a variety of sheep breeds, and a combination of wet felting and needle felting techniques.
Salaam…an international word for peace… a beautiful line of comfortable, versatile clothing that fits every body. .Salaam’s signature is our hand-selected European fabrics in a large variety of stunning prints and bold solids. Salaam clothing is appreciated by anyone who has an eye for fashion and comfort.
Andrea Miksic, designer and owner of Salaam, has been tireless in her drive to create clothing that flatters a real woman’s body. She instinctively knows what woman want. From her travels worlwide, she takes her inspiration from vintage patterns, transposing them into flattering clothing in vibrant colors. She started by designing clothing for local dance troupes, creating visually stunning clothing that moved with a dancer’s body. This understanding has allowed for a line of clothing that has created a cult like following.
It is with that original concept that she has grown her line to be one of the most exciting and flattering lines of woman’s clothing on the market today. Andrea continues to work out of a converted barn on her property in Plainfield, Vermont with her “close knit” family of employees. Designing all of the clothing in Plainfield, the fabric is then sent to New York, where it is proudly sewn and made in the USA.
Hand Embossed Velvet Products
The embossing is achieved by using heat and rubber or polymer stamps – it’s a very interesting technique which takes a lot of patience (and trial and error!). I like to explore with many different designs, from cats and dogs to checkerboards – sometimes it’s the wildest ideas that work the best! Each piece is unique because it is individually hand-embossed and sewn. I currently produce scarves, pillows and holiday stockings in 21 different colors – a little something for everyone! The scarves are particularly warm and cozy, especially on those cold New England days! I am constantly developing my technique and designs and look forward to growing in my craft over the next few years. It’s my creative outlet which allows me to rejuvenate in the midst of “real” life!