Celebrating the natural beauty of all fibers, spinner April Reed-Cox works by hand from fleece to finished product creating one-of-a-kind skeins and wearable art. At a young age, she bought a drop spindle from a spinner at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, ME, but “met nothing but glorious failure with that spindle for years.” April’s sister-in-law, who was taught to spin by renowned Maine fiber artist Katherine Colby, rekindled her passion. She now spins professionally on a Louet S-10 wheel and uses a Navajo spindle to spin luxury fibers. It’s a slower process than the wheel, and offers more subtlety and control over the fiber. April began dyeing wool in 2011 and spends her winters dyeing fiber on her wood stove.
April founded Twisted Maple Farm in 2009, which is home to two angora rabbits, sixteen sheep of various breeds, an ever fluctuating number of chickens, one horse, three humans, and a lumber mill. From a long line of back-to-the-land farmers, April is happy to continue the tradition of self-sufficiency.
She is a classically trained cellist with a Masters in Music Performance and a folk cellist, too. She has performed and recorded with The Ale House String Band, Putnam Smith, Tricky Britches and many others.
April will be spinning in or near the Town Hall on Mondays: June 11 &18; July 9 & 23
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