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 the shop and in local and regional arts festivals including our annual Northwoods Fiber Guild Sale (the first weekend in December).
Raven's Beak - Original Designs & Specialty Yarns: These continue to be the backbone of my work.In addition to my designs you will be able to purchase the specialty yarns I use in my work.I strive to find locally produced product that is earth friendly, of excellent quality and is both beautiful and pleasurable to work with. Whatever interesting items I bring to my own creation I will share with you: specialty yarns & rovings, buttons, beads and other embellishments. Soon you will be able to find raw fleece handwashed and ready for carding and spinning.
Traditional, practical and beautiful: I create garments that are functional – that provide warmth from the cold, breath-ability when it is warm and incorporate beauty into our everyday lives.I believe that just because something is functional doesn’t mean it needs to be plain or dreary or not very inventive. I find that natural fibers work best in the area of practical function and beauty and after devoting so many hours to a project, it’s nice to know that in many instances (sweaters and afghans) I am creating something that will last a lifetime or more if cared for properly. As the knitting wave of frou-frou yarns and glitzy design has come and gone it has left in its wake a new crop of avid knitters and fiber enthusiasts - ready to learn as much as we can; eager to embrace our tradition and to appreciate the gifts of our ancestors. If that last describes you - continue to explore this site, and feel free to contact me.
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!