Hi, I'm Brenda Dunse!
Maker, Teacher & Writer
Specializing in ancient textile crafts, handspun yarn & fiber arts.
It starts with fiber and an idea.
The foundation of my handcrafted art is fiber often acquired from small growers supporting good causes, like the conservation of rare breeds. Many of the mixed-media pieces feature upcycled fabrics, repurposed yarns, and objects of nature.
I'm a fiber geek. Fascinated by fiber structure, how can it be manipulated, and how the environment has affected it.
The backstory, from where did it come? Why is it important to you?
Have you collected it, maybe a favorite pet's fiber, a memory fabric, or a photo to create a spark of inspiration for your handspun yarn or finished work?
Let me know if you have a particular project in mind. I can't wait to hear why it is unique to you.
A journey "down the rabbit hole."
A peek into my fiber studio reveals a complex woman (what woman isn't)with curiosity and faith.
The lens of discovery.
While pursuing my life's purpose and meaning, I took a journey "down the rabbit hole." Much like Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was my experience when introduced to an alpaca and its lustrous fiber.
Who could resist the allure of a newborn cria pronging off into a Wisconsin sunset?
Seeds of passion took root for the ancient textile craft of handspinning and all things fiber art that June evening.
Serendipity: "fortunate happenstance" or a "pleasant surprise."
A subdivision stood between me and my beloved alpaca cria; they aren't allowed.
What's a girl to do?
The only reasonable thing. Find a friend who understands. The day I met Detta.
It was June 2006 when my husband gifted me a brand new Louet S-10 single treadle spinning wheel. It propelled me into studio life.
It's through Serenity Textile Designs; I get the opportunity to share my knowledge of fiber arts, antique textile crafts with you.
Are you thinking of making something special, what would you like to learn more about, or do you have a particular idea or project in mind?
Let's talk about how I help you out as a maker, teacher, writer.