Wendy Wonders 127 LLC
Being a handmade artist in today’s chaotic society can be a challenge. At least it is for me. I find myself distracted by so many things that keep me from creating.
One handmade artist that seems to be very prolific and productive is Wendy from Wendy’s Wonders 127LLC.
Wendy’s business is hand-dyed yarn. Not only is it beautiful yarn but her eye for Colorways is incredible. She transitions from one colour to the next with such subtly that you do not at once realize it has changed. She works in combinations of Merino wool, silk, alpaca, cashmere, yak and nylon. They have a beautiful hand to them and are delightful to work with Shawls made from this yarn are such works of art. Scarves, hats, and gloves are just as beautiful.
The Colorways are so beautiful, it gives me personal joy just to see them. Of course, I would love to own all of them.
I thought it might be interesting to ask a creator like Wendy some information about her business. She was so kind as to answer my questions. And I hope our readers are as excited as I was to take a glimpse into Wendy’s handmade business.
Have you always been creative?
I have always been creative. As a child I was always tinkering with all kinds of different mediums, from yarn, fabric, paints, chalk, photographing, pottery and such. I come from a family of an artist of all those mediums, so it was in my blood to tinker. It was not until my mid-thirties that I tried my hand at dyeing. It was the first time, I felt like I found my medium.
How do you find inspiration for your work?
I find inspiration in nature and the weather. I use a ton of photographs to pull color from, but nature is my favorite.
How did you start dying yarn?
I think I was around 33 years old when I started to try my hand at dyeing. I was knitting/crocheting a ton at that time and I wanted to make my yarn. I was about 38 when I tried the blank/gradient dyeing and that is when I totally fell in love with gradients.
How do you find the time to keep creating new color blends?
Dyeing yarn is my ONLY income. I support a household of 4 in my little shop. My days start around 4:30 am and I go till dinner time, sometimes as late as 8 pm. It is all about serious time management. I wash yarn till 8 am and dye till lunch then make blanks (I knit the sleeves on a knitting machine) for the next day for the afternoon/evening hours.
What keeps you motivated?
My passion for what I do keeps me pretty motivated, along with providing for my kids. I love dyeing gradients, with the smooth slow transition of color comes a peace to my soul. It is a bubble that is quite nice to be in.
Thank you, Wendy, for sharing with my readers your work and your insight. It has been an inspiration to me and I am ready to get back to creating.
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Below are a few of Wendy’s Colorways from her facebook page. We recommend liking her page to get your daily dose of creative inspiration.