Beth has had a lifelong interest in textiles, and she comes by it naturally. Her grandmother was a pattern maker in a dress factory and her mother had her own dressmaking business where she made everything from everyday clothing for women to wedding gowns.
Beth learned to sew, knit, and some crochet as a young girl but sewing was the only craft she carried with her into adulthood. That was probably due to numerous trips to Fabric Row on 4th Street in Philadelphia with her mother to purchase fabric for wedding gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses. Fabric Row has store after store filled with beautiful fabrics and she loved to touch the bolts of fabric, especially the shiny ones. That tendency continues until this day.
In her early thirties she picked up the knitting needles again which quickly led to one of the most important question of life: where does yarn come from?
Luckily for her, there was some information available online, but within 5 miles from her house was a shop that specialized in spinning yarn by hand thus, her relationship with the Spinning Loft began! She began taking spinning lessons almost weekly for at least a year and took private lessons as new questions came up.
Fast forward a few years to when the opportunity to buy the Spinning Loft arose. Beth jumped on it! Within 60 days from the first mention of the possibility of ownership the Spinning Loft was hers and life was lovely.
Owning the Spinning Loft brought an abundance of opportunities for learning and growth. Fiber Festivals, conferences, and more classes were all attended. Beth brought nationally known teachers to the Spinning Loft to offer new avenues of learning for both her customers and herself!
During all this spinning Beth was slowly investigating weaving and as she did, her skills grew and her desire to know more did too! It was apparent that weaving had been simmering under the surface and Beth realized that she had a new direction to take her weaving. Her focus is spinning the yarn and creating yardage for clothing.
Beth is the author of two books. The first, The Spinner’s Book of Fleece, which is a workbook on how to make decisions about how to spin wool. It includes instructions for every step in the process from selecting a fleece to scouring and processing to sampling and choosing the correct yarn for a project.
The second book, How to Spin, is an affordable step by step guide for how to spin with a spinning wheel. It is a great book for new spinners and a good reference for more experienced spinners looking to expand their skills.
Beth has also made two videos with Interweave Press which are Spin Thin and Spinning to Get Even. These are two of Beth’s most popular classes that can be enjoyed at home at a leisurely pace.