We asked members of the Weavers Guild Board some questions about their weaving and spinning journey. Read on to get to know Maddy Bartsch on a more personal–and creative–level.
Board Role and Term: Started in August of 2016, will finish my current term in August of 2020. Currently serving as Board President.
Member of WGM since: 2015
I am a: natural dyer and hand stitcher
Skills I bring to the WGM board: The ability to listen, lead, empathize, organize, plan, and do with precision.
My story: In 2015 I embarked on a self-imposed “year of wool.” As I spent the first few months of the year scouring every book and DVD in the Textile Center Library that related to sheep and wool, I finally realized I needed to learn how to spin my own yarn. That spring I took the beginning spinning class and finally felt I was able to put into practice all the things I was learning about wool and yarn.
Current projects: I’m in the process of dyeing fabric for a quilt top using flowers and plants collected from a family members funeral last November. The naturally dyed quilt will serve as a way to bring beauty from the flowers others gave to celebrate this individuals life, while leaving a lasting comfort for those it warms this holiday season.
Craft book I can’t live without: The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home by Kristine Vejar and Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes by Rebecca Burgess
Another WGM member who inspires me: Heather MacKenzie
If you looked in my stash, you’d find: A lot of local, undyed yarn. Think lots of greys, browns, whites :).
My blog/instagram/website/business name: Find me on Instagram at Salt of the North
I wish you’d asked what my favorite sheep breed for hand spinning is and my answer to that is: Bluefaced Leicester all the way!