Stephany Searles is a native Vermonter and a self taught fiber artist. “I began knitting when I was pregnant with my 3rd child who is now 15. My first project was a simple garter stitch blanket with lots of stripes, which I made for my sister. I found the whole process of turning a simple string of yarn into a usable garment rewarding and good for my soul. I put a lot of energy and emotion into my work and I hope that others can feel that, which to me is the best reward”.
Stephany also enjoys the therapeutic benefits of needle felting and the wondrous process involved in wet felting a knitted piece by hand in her kitchen sink.
She has recently set up a pottery studio in her basement and is studying the process of hand building, as well as wheel throwing. “The videos on YouTube make it look much easier than it actually is” she says with a smile.
In the summer you can find Stephany in her beautiful flower and herb garden, reading a good book or playing Catan with her four children. In the winter she enjoys walking in the fresh snow and sitting in front of the stove working on her current knitting project.