Knitting, beading, creating on the North shore of Lake Superior
About Raven's Beak Design
Beginnings & Full Service Yarn Shop Raven’s Beak Design was formed as a business entity in May 2004 (although I had been knitting for over 50 years). It began in my home as a design studio. It morphed into a full service yarn shop at various locations and has now come full circle: I create with fiber out of my home.
I continue to sell my work at regional arts festivals including our annual Northwoods Fiber Guild Sale (the first weekend in December) and online (currently via ebay and the Grand Marais Area Sell & Swap FaceBook page).
Blended Fleeces, Original Designs & Specialty Yarns: At this writing (January 2021) I am in the process of selling all the yarns, books, patterns, knitting needles and more that remain from my yarn shop. These include rare and valuable "vintage" (discontinued) yarns that have been carefully stored and are of excellent quality. Many of these I held onto to create kits for my designs. You can see these as they become available at my FaceBook page: ravensbeakdesign, and on a page devoted to these on this site.
Fiber Focus: The main focus of my work right now is in processing fiber. I seek out breeders of heritage sheep, (small independent farms) and purchase fleeces I then wash, card, blend and somtimes dye using natural dyes. I then spin the fibers by hand. I sell my handspun at local festivals and our Cook County Craft Market (Saturdays May - October downtown Grand Marais).
Purchase Opportunities: Aside from previously mentioned sales outlets, if you are looking to buy large lots of yarns to resell or to create garments you sell please see what is available on my YARNS FOR SALE.
Why "Raven's Beak" ? We have lots of ravens up here, especially in the winter. Raven is associated with creation and the enjoyment of shiney and unusual things. I feel a special affinity with ravens and in coming up with a name for my enterprise I thought: what would be the business end of a raven with respect to knitting and beadwork? The beak! I brought the idea to Kelly Dupre, a local print and book artist and fellow raven enthusiast. Kelly created my logo. Thanks Kelly!