Nancie McCraw grew up in Camp Verde, AZ. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my grandmother quilting, my cat hiding in my aunt’s bag of spinning fiber (best camouflage ever!) and paying “fort” in that same aunt’s loom. I had no idea how large of an influence these activities would be in my life.
A few years and states later, I acquired my first spinning wheel and truly jumped down the rabbit hole. In my quest for making great yarn, I ended up making a lot of mediocre yarn. I made a vow to spin whatever I knitted.I went from a huge yarn stash with barely enough spinning fiber to make a hat, to pounds and pounds of spinning fiber of all varieties, preparations, and colors. Though I occasionally do give in and purchase some commercial knitting yarns.
So with all the yarn I was making I started knitting the fruits of my wheel. Soon, knitting became a passion and focus of its own. With a background in sewing and pattern making, that included production garment making and medieval costuming. Knitting offered a new and intriguing ways to sculpt garments. Before long I phased out of sewing and started taking working on pattern development for knitting and production knitting. Then in the fall of 2004, accessories I knitted and developed graced a runway at the New York Fashion Week in one of my client’s collection.
Workshops By Nancie McCraw
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