When jewelry artist Emily Wohlscheid, owner of Bricolage Studios, learned to spin she probably didn’t realize that dabbling in the fiber arts was going to lead her in a new creative direction.
This fiber addiction was not a phase, but more of springboard that led her to start spinning wool around wire and incorporating rich, hand dyed fibers into her distinct jewelry pieces. Soon she was washing fleeces dyeing them herself, using the fiber to make jewelry and combining into colorful batts for other spinners and weavers to create with.
On this episode of the podcast, Emily 31, of Battle Creek, shares the story of how she built her business by combining her metal smithing and fiber art skills. She also talks about what she’s learned along the way and what she’s preparing for her upcoming shows.
You can check out more of her work here.
Fall class offerings at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts:
Wine & Wool Festival (vending only) July 29 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Michigan Fiber Festival (vending & teaching). Event runs August 16-19
Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival (vending & teaching). Event runs September 8-10.
New York Sheep & Wool Festival (teaching only). Emily will be teaching workshops October 19-21.
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Upcoming CraftSanity Appearances:
I’ll be vending and demonstrating on the new CraftSanity Kindred Loom Collection at the Wine & Wool Festival at Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson on Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Michigan Fiber Festival at the Allegan County Fairgrounds August 19 & 20. You can check the looms out in my Etsy shop, too. I just wove a poncho on the newest loom in the collection. Check it out on Instagram.
P.S. If you don’t know how to weave and want to learn, get in touch. I’m going to be teaching workshops in West Michigan this summer and I’m willing to travel.