Lois has lived the majority of her life in Deep River and has been knitting & crocheting since she learned these skills from her mother at an early age. Upon retirement, she expanded her hobby of knitting for her family to include preparing her own yarn.
Over the last decade, Lois has spun mostly locally-sourced wool, but she also enjoys blending-in exotic fibres such as qiviut, silk and hemp to make one-of-a-kind yarns. The fibres are often then dyed using a variety of dyes and techniques to produce effects unavailable commercially. After spinning, the yarns are suitable for knitting, crocheting & weaving projects.
Lois’s ongoing education includes courses taken at the Haliburton School of the Arts in subjects such as Colour Analysis, Shibori (Japanese-style dyeing), Quilting and Basic Spinning. The latter inspired her to complete the intensive six-year Spinning Certificate Program offered by the Ontario Handweavers & Spinners (OHS), from which she graduated “With Distinction”.
As well as being a member of the Deep River Weavers, and also the Gateway Guild of Weavers & Spinners (GGWS) in North Bay, Lois sits on the OHS board of directors as the Northern Region representative. She regularly gives workshops at the GGWS and at the Killaloe Fibre Arts Circle.
Her handspun yarns are available at the Valley Artisans’ Co-op along with a limited selection of knit items.
Lois joined the Valley Artisans' Coop in September, 2016.