5-9: Community Thursday!

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’
Brian Tracy

Welcome to another Community Thursday! Things are happening and becoming and creating themselves even as I type, and I am sooo excited to watch things unfold. Of course I’m being cryptic, because talking about things that are becoming can change the outcome before it… becomes. *grin*

BUT! That spirit of anticipation and impending amazingness is infectious, and I want to share some of the lovely things that have been making, happening, creating, BEING in our community and related lands. 🙂

And speaking of related lands…

Who Spins


Ever wonder where the spinners are in your area? Sometimes it can be difficult to find our own “kind’ – but this map, rightly called “Who Spins?” is here to help! You can log in via Ravelry to put yourself on the map and hook up with other local spinners, who presumably are also looking for fiber friends. Clever!




I love all sorts of Fiber Arts, and embroidery is one of the earliest ones I learned. I don’t use a machine to do it, I enjoy stitching by hand. But Urban Threads is one of the best small companies around that offers embroidery designs – everything is so edgy and interesting and CLEVER – and they offer so many freebies to the public… PLUS they allow people to sell items that use their designs, which is practically unheard-of. They’re some of the Good Guys in small businesses, and I’m excited to see that they’re celebrating their 5 year anniversary.

True to form, they’re doing it by having a contest. They have a freebie to download [natch] – and if you use it and submit your work using it, you could win BIG. All the details are here:

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Joseph Campbell


So I have a little, poorly kept secret. I’ve been secretly supplying fiber to the talented and creative Kate of Gourmet Stash for the past month. She’s been taking my dyed fiber and blending it with fibers from other amazing indie fiber artists, using a special technique with hand cards to create punis – a tightly rolled fiber prep that spins in a “woolen” style. They are little treasures to spin up, delightful in their colorways, spin-feel [yes, I just made that up], and end product. Best part? The colors you see above are part of an exclusive colorway that Kate and I created to carry ONLY via Threeravens. But! You can get all sorts of punis, and other fabulous fiber preparations, at her shop. Take some time to read her post about punis, because she is quite knowledgeable and her post is extremely informative!




Adele of Looliemom Fiber Arts has a BRILLIANT and easy-to-follow tutorial on how to string beads into a navajo-plied yarn. It’s so obvious when she starts it up that I feel dumb that I didn’t think of it – and that’s really the sign of genius, isn’t it? She’s an extremely talented spinner, and this technique is a really sweet gift to the spinning community.



Coolest notebook/schedule book EVER.
Tara Swiger is a smart, smart lady – and she has a Starship! She beams people aboard to help them with their crafty businesses, and the folks who work with her do very well. Of course, as Blonde Chicken Boutique, she learned a LOT about running a small biz, so this makes perfect sense.

In this post, Tara talks about things you can try when your business just isn’t running the way you want. Sometimes everything just goes WRONG – often all at once – and as a business owner, you just don’t know what to do. Tara’s list of suggestions are a great place to start. These really apply to many “impossible” seeming situations, y’all.




DIY Polaroid Necklace tutorial! Photo: Dot Coms for Moms

DIY Polaroid Necklace tutorial! Photo: Dot Coms for Moms


This is freakin’ adorable. Perfect for a Mothers Day gift or just an every day present. You just need some polymer clay, tools, and a perfect picture!


Twist Collective talks about plant fibers! Photo: Leslie Petrovski.

Twist Collective talks about plant fibers! Photo: Leslie Petrovski.


Have you been curious about working with plant-based fibers like cotton, flax, hemp, or others? Twist Collective has a nice exploratory write-up on using bast fibers – positives, negatives, and how they yet to be fiber/yarn. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to learn a little about fiber arts and the vegetable world!  😉



Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.


And there we have it, my friends! As always, I am excited to show you what I’ve found in our community – and to show others what you are working on, too. So if you have anything you would like to share, or you’ve seen something AMAZING – let me know! Happy Thursday!