Let’s Spin Together

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Here in the dog days of August, it’s difficult sometimes to focus on the sort of fiber work that I need to get into, for future events and for restocking my virtual shelves. It’s hot, and I hate the heat. But the days are long and that gives me a lot of daylight for working… […]

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How I Design A Class

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  HOW I DESIGN A CLASS Want a downloadable copy of this post in note form for you to use? Click here: http://bit.ly/xianeclass   Teaching is my bread and butter, and I really, really enjoy doing it. I think it shows! One of the things I hear the most is that I seem really organized, calm, […]

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2019 a boon

On to 2019: a boon, a blessing, a kindness

Boon: A good thing; a blessing or benefit; a thing to be thankful for. Kind; bountiful; benign. [also the woody portion of flax, interestingly and appropriately enough] I think most everyone I know feels about the same when it comes to 2018 – it’s been a weird, confusing, often stressful year with some bizarre twists and […]

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small business everyday

Small Business Everyday

Patrons: We are nothing without you.   From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your business and support over this year and all the years before. You are the driving force behind what I do. Every blog post, every class taught, every colorway carefully developed and carded up… each necklace, plant pod, […]

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innovate not imitate

Be an Innovator

  Innovate, not imitate. That’s the key to success – in business, art, and life. Creativity can be sparked by imitation when one is learning something new, like a technique or how to use a new material. Imitation is a valid part of the learning process. However, creativity is ultimately muted by extended imitation – […]

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Progress Is Not Linear

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  “Progress isn’t guaranteed. It’s not inevitable. It’s something that has to be fought for.” – Barack Obama” Sometimes, to know how far you’ve come, you have to look to the past. The past isn’t someplace I like to spend too much time in, but I definitely like seeing my progress laid out in a […]

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