Workshops at the Spirit Trail Studio!

I’ve just scheduled some workshops at my studio in Sperryville, VA, and thought I’d post here for any locals, or semi-locals, who might be interested. Upcoming in the months of February, March, and April are silk scarf dyeing and yarn dyeing workshops!


In the silk scarf dyeing workshops, participants will learn the basics of dyeing silk scarves, and will dye two scarves.


In the yarn dyeing workshops, participants will dye three skeins of yarn using three different methods: kettle, hand painting, and speckling. They can be dyed to use in one project, or three separate projects (your choice).

All the workshops are posted on my Eventbrite page, so check them out if you’re interested! My studio partner, Kate, will be holding some printmaking workshops as well, most likely starting in March (she’s a brand new grandmother, so right now it’s all-baby-all-the-time 😀 ).

And, if you’re not local, Sperryville makes a fun overnight or weekend trip; it’s quite the bustling small town these days, all within walking distance. Check out the Visit page on my studio website for more information.

Hope to see some of you here someday!

Introducing Selene!

Spirit Trail Selene in brand new colorways for Spring (clockwise from upper left): Lady Slipper, Lavender Fronds, Lemon Tart, Atlantis, and Sprout

Today, I’m really pleased to introduce Selene, the DK weight version of Luna, my new worsted base which I introduced last month in a limited color run of various pink shades (don’t worry, more Luna is coming in other colors in the near future). Selene, Luna, and Eos (the fingering weight version) are all spun from non-shrink 100% wool.

The fiber, which is a blend of different wools including but not limited to Merino, has been raised and processed under GOTS-certified standards for organic and ethical shepherding and processing. What this means is it’s been processed to be non-shrink without the use of either the coating plastics or acid stripping typically used to create superwash yarns. Neither of these methods are very good for the environment, and both create super-slick and smooth yarns … which is nice when you want something super-soft, but isn’t always the best choice for projects. This new fiber still feels like wool and has the spring of wool, but it can be machine washed and dried (I still recommend hand washing for longest wear, or washing / drying on gentle and cool settings).

Selene is great for colorwork, and I’ve dyed a series of colors which work well both on their own, and combined for colorwork. As a three-ply yarn, cables and stitch patterns pop in Selene. And, while it feels like wool, it’s still next-to-skin soft, and machine washable, so it’s especially great for projects that will get a lot of wear and tear, for babies and children, and for gifts to loved ones who may not understand the necessity of hand washing non-superwash items.

Spirit Trail Selene in some of my favorite recent colorways (clockwise from upper left): Glacier, Antique Rose, Au Naturel, South Pacific, Fog, and Eggplant

And because I can’t help myself when it comes to playing with colors for colorwork projects, here are some awesome possible pairings:

For now, these new non-shrink bases will only be available online (or, if you’re in the neighborhood, in the shop at my studio in Sperryville, VA).