Barbara Spencer

Scandinavian textiles and rya (knotted) rugs started my search for fiber classes to learn how these textiles were made.  I was fortunate to find talented teachers in several states and in Sweden, and as a result my interests have broadened to include off-loom techniques such as basket coiling and twining. 

The baskets are decorated with beads and semi-precious stones, or with the Native American turtle symbol for health and longevity.   Many of the basket and table rug designs were inspired by Hopi and Navajo basket makers, rug and blanket weavers. 
I also make cactus “plants” which are coiled or twined baskets turned upside down, and planted in a pot.

Like their living counterparts, they come in many colors, sizes and textures. They range from small table size up to tall cacti suitable for display with non-yarn plants.
My work has been in many shows, art fairs and shops, primarily in Wisconsin and Illinois, over several decades.  Merrill Springs Holiday Art Sale 2017 will be my last Midwest show; I will be seeking new opportunities in my new home state of California.  

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