That’s how I preface any spinning question I get: “Judith MacKenzie says…” I have taken several workshops from Judith both spinning and weaving and she has been a treasure trove of information. Her stories are fascinating. She has traveled the world and given the spinning and weaving community so much. Her books and videos are the best instruction out there. I use her Mother MacKenzies Miracle Dyes for my shibori scarves.
I was shocked and saddened to learn that her fiber studio had burned to the ground on October 29th. She lost EVERYTHING: looms, wheels, textile samples, and all of the necessary things we use in our craft. The best description of what happened comes from here: http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2012/11/02/the_way_back.html. What is worse is that she had a house fire 2 months ago as well.
There is a site to help give back to Judith: http://www.rebuildjudithsstudio.com/index.html. I am donating what I can including a shibori shawl for her auction. My husband, a chain maille artist, will be making spinning wheel hooks for the auction as well.
Judith gave of herself freely. We, spinners, weavers, dyers, knitters and all, should give back.