Meet the New Intern!
Hello Fellow Fiber Artists!
As Darn Yarn Needles and Threads’ new blogging intern, I think it would make sense for me to introduce myself, as you will be hearing from me every Tuesday and Thursday until the beginning of August! My name is Megan and I have been knitting for a little over two years and I started to crochet at the beginning of 2020. I am an English major and junior at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, and the president of The Chatham University Knitting Club. My love for both literature and the fiber arts has led me to following this path of discovering the ways in which the fiber arts are presented in literature, and how society has shifted its narrative of fiber artists because of these depictions. Literature has the power to create open dialogue about political and social issues, but so do the fiber arts, and I think the two are similar in many ways. Fiber crafts such as sewing and quilting were used as tools of communication among women, and especially the African American community during the mid 19th century. One of my favorite call outs in American literature was written by Alice Walker in In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens where she criticizes Virginia Woolf’s book, A Room of One’s Own. Woolf claims that in order to be someone who writes, you must have access to a room with a lock and key. Walker, who recognized the communication through fiber arts and gardening, and how those who did not have the privilege to their own rooms, or even their own selves, found ways to pursue art and communication and conveyed to the reader the falsity in Woolf’s claims.
Another interest I have are in children’s books and how the fiber arts are presented within them. The picture book, The Cloud Spinner, uses the famine of a village due to the greed of a king as a representation of the harmful environmental effects of fast fashion. The main character, who is male, is the weaver in the story and the representation of a male fiber artist can be a great resource to show children that fiber crafts, as well as any hobby, are not gender specific.
Link to The Cloud Spinner on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KCAEYCLZPo
Since I know literature may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I will also be creating tutorials and pieces on fiber related advice. I hope this blog can inspire you to look at your craft differently and create a deeper layer of appreciation for your talents.