ABOUT 222 Handspun
People often ask me how and why I got into spinning and dyeing yarn. Here's a bit about my fiber story. Want to learn more about my background and process? Check out my interview in SpinArtiste.
Hand spinning is an ancient art form and a painstaking process that starts with selecting the finest fiber and materials. I’m lucky enough to live in a region with plenty of sheep and alpaca farms where I purchase a lot of my fiber. I love visiting the farms and meet the farmers I buy from and having the opportunity to hand pick the fiber. In some cases I’ve been able to buy the fleece right after being sheared. As a huge animal lover, I also like to know the fiber animal's name and their story, as well as the peace of mind that they are raised humanely. So many of the the farmers I buy from treat their sheep like pets and it is a testament to the quality of the wool they produce. Happy sheep make the finest fleece!
Elysa is a Rhode Island native who has lived in Northern Virginia for over 22 years. She fell in love with the fiber arts as a child when learning to weave and use natural dyes. She has been handspinning yarn for several years and teaches workshops locally.
Elysa has a B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA with majors in Studio Art/Photography and Art History. She also studied Archaeology and Aboriginal Art at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. She has a life-long fascination with folk and heritage arts - in particular the interplay of fiber in culture and storytelling, which appears in a lot of her work.
Besides her small yarn biz, 222 Handspun, she's a User Experience Designer for an online education company and an avid photographer. A self-confessed color addict, she loves snugly things, especially kittens and wool blankets. Her dream is to have a fiber studio and small farm of her own. But for now, she enjoys visiting local farms and fiber festivals.