A Challenge

You haven’t seen me post a lot this year. And I have had to cancel most of my events due to health issues. You see, I haven’t been able to spin, weave or dye in months due to pain.

Not being able to do any of my fiber art is like taking away one of my senses. If you are on this page, you know that creating is like breathing to me. My hands must be busy at all times. I kept a spinning wheel in my car and a spindle in my purse. I was ramping up my historical textiles – spinning, dyeing and weaving. And then the pain came.

I have pain in my hands. Tendinitis, Raynauds, and other pain. My feet developed plantar fasciatis and arthritis of the toes. I had to stop spinning during a Judith MacKenzie workshop and and that was a devastating blow. It was obvious I was pushing my extremities too far. Though wearing three splints to bed at a time was pretty amusing.

To fill my time I have been drawing Zentangle inspired art. I take pens with me to the places I used to take a spindle. You can see a new page, Fine art and Prints in the navigation and I will be putting prints into my Etsy store.

In addition, I have been looking into adaptive technology for the fiber artist. I have a new electric spinning wheel made by HansenCrafts which is allowing me to spin with minimal pain. I have a pair of Doc Martens with inserts so I can walk with minimal limping. I wear fingerless gloves at the keyboard to keep my hands warm. I am looking into what I can do for weaving on the floor looms. Maybe crafters gloves or splints.

If I can make an exercise spinning wheel, I can figure this out. This is a challenge and it is not going to stop me.

One Reply to “A Challenge”

  1. Dear Ms. Cain:
    Was visiting the Hopewell Culture Center in Ross Co. today and saw your display there. I have always been interested in how the Hopewell/Adena would have woven material. Your lovely work answered that.
    The material you used as a pattern came from the Seip Mound, unearthed by Shetrone & Greenman in 1931. I live in adjacent Jackson County and am aware of material found a site called Canters Cave. Shetrone likwise excavated part of it as well in the late 1920s..
    I was interested if you had the opportunity to compare the Seip fabric with another, such as the Canter’s Cave material to see if the pattern was the same?
    I realize you might not have examined many different early American fabrics but with your experience you might have run into a comparison of those two or maybe others, Finally, did you write and an article or was one published concerning your experience in this area.

    Many Thanks

    J. Michael Stroth

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