Edgewood Garden Studio - About Us
I’ve been fascinated by fibers since I was a child. I started with knitting mittens at my Latvian grandmother’s knee. My mother and I sewed children’s clothes for an orphanage in Mexico when I was an adolescence. My father taught me the seaman’s crafts of net-making and macramé as well. As a family, we needlepointed massive tapestries and rugs. I bought my first loom and spinning wheel in the mid 1960’s when I was in college. (Yes, I am actually that old!) During the 70’s and early 80’s, I was an active teacher of spinning and weaving in several shops and crafts schools/centers. I even explored sheep raising in Australia. After some intervening years of fascination with computers, I’m back in the fiber world.
We started our Etsy shop when I broke my foot in 2011. During non-weight bearing boredom, I made piles and piles of handspun yarn. Who was going to knit or weave 180 skeins of handspun yarn? My sister-in-law suggested an Etsy shop. A what? And thus, our on-line career in fibers started. I began dying wool and silk to achieve the colors I craved for my own spinning, and found that others liked them too!
Fortunately, Mike found the business interesting as well. I spin, dye, felt, photograph, Photoshop and wrap packages. Mike mixes the dyes, does the actual listings, buys materials, keeps financial records, and runs to the post office six days a week. When we fall behind, or my back and shoulders protest too much, we have a couple of accomplices in wool (among them, our garden helpers) who give me a hand with handling heavy wet wool.
Together, Mike and I maintain (with assistance) a large strolling garden of ornamentals. Our fruit orchards and potager make up a major portion of our food. We are both avid cooks. Additionally, there are the duties of being cross-species "parents" to three German Shepherds, a dozen or so chickens and many large koi in our pond. I’m a bit of a second-hand Rose, who loves to refurbish, recycle, and reclaim as much as possible. We own and are restoring a few historical homes in Tacoma which we rent. This year, we hope to install more solar here at Edgewood to help relieve our household energy footprint.
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-- Ilga Jansons