"The Felt Lady and More"
provides a full range of services for felters, spinners
and knitters. This includes instruction (both written and hands
on teaching), supplies, and a wide range of personally processed
fibers with the felter and knitter in mind.****
Suzanne is available throughout the year for knitting and felting workshops in her fully equipped felting studio and custom carding mill. She teaches and designs patterns in wide range of styles. Suzanne will also custom design a garment from your favorite fiber animal, taking the fiber from straight off the animal though the processing, dying, spinning and knitting process all the way to a custom fit garment. Suzanne also teaches and demonstrates at festivals and retreats. She is seen here showing her fiber flock what she does with their fleece.
A little about Suzanne
Suzanne began her fiber journey learning to knit in 4-H as a child. She was designing her own knitting patterns by the time she was 12 and has never stopped exploring the boundaries of what is possible.
Suzanne has loved and cared for various animals since childhood and has been fascinated with natural fibers most of her adult life. When she discovered fiber-bearing animals, it was a match made in heaven.
Since 1982, she has raised Angora rabbits, Angora goats, colored sheep and Scottish Highland cattle and Llamas. Along with the animals came experiments with spinning, weaving, knitting, locker hooking, sewing and felting.
Her feltmaking journey began by making and marketing a simple felt hat from a Angora rabbit/wool blend created from her animals. Her line of felted items evolved with the maturing of experience and skills and changing interests. She began teaching and demonstrating feltmaking in 1990 and has taught and promoted felting at various events, guilds, and historic locations throughout the United States. In 2002, she added a custom carding mill to her list of endeavors and has been servicing small producers and fiber artist with great success for the last eleven years.
In 2005 Suzanne added knitting instruction and custom knitting to her arsenal of services.
With the continuing evolution of her skills and interest, Suzanne has now come full circle and is concentrating more on her first love, knitting. With access to so much wonderful roving in her mill, Suzanne now spending much more time with her spinning wheel and knitting needles. She is available to custom knit and design for customers to create the perfect handspun, handknit items from fiber produced by that special fiber friend. Everything from the special sheep to the family pet can be created into beautiful custom designs as long as the fiber is a reasonable length.
She also has created a full line of felting patterns and patterns for knitting with roving that is then fulled (or felted) in the washer to make very strong felted items which can be viewed here at a various locations around the state. Make sure to visit the knitting section of her fibermill web site to see all the patterns.
The year of 2012 has been a water shed year for Suzanne and she is again adjusting how she uses her time. During this year, she has created a full line of knitted clothing for her granddaughter's fashion dolls and has been experimenting with some different spinning techniques to see how she can effect the yarn design without getting into painting rovings. She has also passed the shepherding staff onto her children and taken on an intern in the carding mill. This has been done to allow her more flexibility to travel in the coming year(s).
With these adjustments, Suzanne is now positioned to take on a more active teaching role in the fiber community. This will include more teaching endeavors around the country but she will also be hosting educational events at the mill/studio in beautiful Barry County, Michigan.
Last updated October 2012