About the designer
My mother taught me as a very young child to knit, sew, weave, embroider, quilt, etc. It became as natural as climbing trees and jumping in swimming holes. Yet - as a career - it didn’t hold any fascination for me. I went into math and science, absolutely loved laboratory work, and eventually found myself happily teaching biology and chemistry for over 30 years. Along the way, a coworker reintroduced me to knitting and we took several classes together. Suddenly, the stoic math-science nerd in me found that a subdued fiberista was having a blast. I met other fiber artisans, one of which sat me down at her spinning wheel with some fluffy fiber and, well, you can guess what happened. Fulling, felting and dyeing also found their places in my life but it was when I encountered my first large loom that something just clicked. Weaving and designing fabrics, including tapestry, seem to tap into all the right pleasure centers of my brain. I have even further 'evolved' into raising some creatures - silk worms and angora rabbit - that help supply those fiber needs beyond the generosity of my alpaca, sheep, goat, and cotton friends. I have even been found doing demos, especially as a 'pioneer woman' preparing fiber, spinning, weaving, and knitting.
I have now retired from classroom teaching and can submerge full time in the fiber arts. I live with a wonderfully tolerant husband, two dogs, a German Angora rabbit, and occasionally hundreds of silkworms in Georgia near the foothills of the Appalachia. Each step of this adventure has increased my appreciation for all the hard work, creativity, and love of handcrafts that fiber artisans radiate. Why did it take me over 60 years to find out my mother was right? Well, about this at least ;-)
To contact me, please use my business email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm also on Ravelry as "kpj" (look for Mr. B.B. the bunny) and on Instagram as "katpjo"
Loving thanks to Ginny, Wanda, Jane, Veronica, Sharon, Leslie and so many other wonderful artisans that put their hand in mine and showed me the way.
May the graciousness of the Lord my God be upon me; prosper the work of my hands; prosper my handiwork. (Ps 90:17ish)