The Fibre Workshop is me, Jenn Monahan. I live in a small place in a big space, Norfolk, home of the big sky.
I am inspired by the place I live in. Taking inspiration from the landscape and life around me in creating the fibres and yarns I use and in the colours and textures of the fibre I produce.
I source as much of my fibre locally as I can. From my early beginnings with Simon and Annette and their flock of Norfolk Horn and Romney sheep at Green Farm (http://www.greenfarmelsing.com/) and the amazing Lynne and her small tribe of 3 rescued alpacas at Swainsthorpe. It’s an ever growing network of the most amazing people.
I started The Fibre Workshop in 2014 with no real plan or particular direction. Just me and my obsession with fibre and the alchemy of preparing, dyeing, spinning, and knitting the thing that I saw in my head when I look at a pile of pooey, greasy, smelly fibre.
It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come from Grannys knitting knees. My first spinning experience was at college back in 1986. Just the once. Once was enough. But life has a habit of taking over when you are only 17. I never forgot though. I didn’t get to learn properly until I was taught by the lovely Nicky at Ashfords, Ashburton in New Zealand on my ancient second hand $30 wheel. Since then, we’ve come home and the habit just keeps on growing and I can’t stop. It’s hard to believe how far it’s gone. I knew it was time when the family sat me down and told me they wanted the kitchen back. So The Fibre Workshop was conceived. And here it comes, a lovely backyard studio full of fibrery goodness. A place of peace and creativity. Where the magic can happen.
And I want to share the joy.