2-14: Community LOVE! 4


Usually my Thursday posts are about things that I love in my community, things that I want to draw attention to or to squee about or to use to spread inspiration… so in a lot of ways, today’s post is 100% in line with the usual Community Thursdays.

But today’s post is personal.

Today, I want to talk about some people who mean the world to me. These are a few – not all, unfortunately, I’d need an entire website to talk about everyone – but a couple of the [many!] people who have helped me, influenced me, inspired me, encouraged me… personally, and in my attempt to make this fibery business thrive. These are the ones who helped me when I first got started, then when I moved into trying to be more of a big deal. [I am such a small deal! Let me have my illusions of grandeur, heheee]
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I am forever grateful to:

Hobbledehoy Yarn + Fiber

Elizabeth Stottlemeyer: color influencer, A+ cheerleader, wonderful friend, accomplished spinner.


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Lai Grai

Laila Grainawi of Lai Grai – with a sure style and supportive nature, she was one of the first people I “met” in the fiber community. LOVE.


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Sayra Adams, Atoic Blue

Sayra Adams from Atomic Blue has been very generous in the information she’s shared with both the public and me personally about how she does things, and there are a few tricks I can’t live without that I learned from her. Plus, she’s a color genius!


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Drucilla Pettibone

Drucilla Pettibone of Petit Bones – another of my early Etsy fiber friends, she is magical, creative, a fiber and artistic goddess. She constantly inspires me.


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Silver Acorn

Mary Eld from Silver Acorn: one of the first people to repeat buy yarn from me! And she made something BEAUTIFUL from it. She’s sheer magic, and makes tiny little treasures.


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Esther Rodgers of Jazzturtle is skilled and creative, and is the person who introduced me to tailspinning and the idea of working with mega-chunky batts. She always is trying new things, which is inspiring all on its own!


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The folks listed above all helped me by offering advice, or sharing techniques, or cheering me on… and then there’s this WONDERFUL friend.
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Spin Artiste

Arlene Ciroula of Spin Artiste has been a shining light in support for me, and for the entire fiber arts community. She works very hard to bring attention to and discussion about artistic yarns. I am forever grateful for her help, support, influence, and friendship.

If not for Arlene, I wouldn’t be taking half the chances that I do. I have taught classes and done demos on various techniques thanks to her encouragement; I have traveled to some fantastic spinning events thanks to her; I have been challenged and cheered and educated and made to laugh SO HARD thanks to her and her friendship and support. She is AWESOME, people, and what she’s doing for the “art yarn”/expressive yarn & fiber community is an amazing labor of love and care. She’s not making money on Spin Artiste, she does it for love. It’s a fantastic resource for any fiber artist.

And I can’t close this without thanking ALL of the people who have bought from me, taken a class with me, watched me demo spinning or carding, sponsored me, given me a kind or helpful word. This is my love letter to you. THANK YOU. I love you.


About Xiane

I am totally in love with what I do, which is blend amazing fibers, colors, and textures into a tactile rainbow of awesome. I feel lucky that I get to do what I love as a way to make a living, and I celebrate it every day.


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4 thoughts on “2-14: Community LOVE!

  • Kate

    I “know of” a couple of those awesome folks! I hope someday to know them better. :-) I can relate to what you’ve written about Arlene inspiring people to take a chance. Perhaps better said “to take a chance on themselves.” I was a nooby noob when she interviewed me, and it felt like being welcomed to the club. There are times when, as a seasoned noob, I still doubt whether or not I deserved it, and I use those doubts as motivation to work harder, learn more and live up to the potential she saw in me.

    • Xiane Post author

      Hi Kate!

      I agree completely with your addition about taking a chance on ourselves. Having that vote of confidence is a great gift for any artist, but especially as a newbie! And I absolutely agree with the motivation to “deserve” the recognition given by trying to do one’s best – when I feel like I’m failing, I try to remember how much others have invested in me by believing and encouraging me, and it *always* helps!