NANCY SLYE

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In the 1980’s, I started basket weaving and found that I loved weaving baskets out of natural fibers. A friend of mine talked me into taking a loom weaving course at Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. So I became a fabric weaver.

In the meantime, I joined a friend in her fiber business and was forced to learn to spin since we sold spinning wheels. Then I discovered the wonderful Angora Goat and it’s lustrous fiber and sweet personalities. All this time I was living in Mt. Kisco, NY.

In the early 1990’s , I moved to a hundred fifty acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley. I continued to work the fiber business by dying sheep, goat, and llama wool to sell at shows.

The animals increased. Lots of Angora Goats, sheep, and llamas, produced fiber for me to dye, weave and sell.

In 2005, I took a rug hooking course with Lucy Clark. I was “hooked”.

Rug hooking is painting with Wool. My pieces are intended to be wall hangings. My inspiration comes from nature and pictures that strike my fancy. I am also inspired by the book “Steal like an Artist” by
Austin Kleon.

Working with fiber has been a life long passion of mine.

I have always wanted to be a painter and rug hooking has allowed me to paint with fiber.
My current work has evolved from years of raising fiber animals-shearing,dying the fiber and selling it to other fiber artists. A class in rug hooking brought all these processes together for me.

Even though, I like interpreting other peoples rug patterns,especially folk art, I also like creating my own patterns.