Juaquetta Holcomb has been teaching knitting and fiber related arts her entire life with a Home Economics degree from Iowa State providing a good foundation. She learned to hand spin yarn in the early 1990’s. A typical day finds her at home in Spokane valley, washing locally grown wool, and then immersing it into roasters of colorful dyes, then hand spinning it on her Louet spinning wheel. Her minimal processing helps preserve the original beauty of the fiber and keeps the colors distinct. Her yarns can be found at Spokane, Coeurd’alene art festivals, Kootenai county farmers market and on her website www.GardenPartyFibers.com and ETSY shop.
“The fiber I use is from locally grown sheep, alpaca and angora goats. I wash, dye, and spin these fibers into one of kind rustic yarns. Seeing the true colors of the fleece come out as I wash the wool, playing with colors in the dyeing process, feeling the texture as I spin these fibers into primitive yarns; every step of the yarn creation is an adventure. Inspiration comes to me from life. Every color has a story. My workshop looks out over the north Idaho mountains and as I spin I watch the sky show over the mountains. From sunrise to sunset, cloudy and clear skies the view is always amazing. Especially exciting, is to see what you have created with my yarns. ENJOY!”