Name: Leigh Koegler
Business Name: Wren House Yarns
What kind of items do you make?
Hand dyed artisan yarns and fiber.
How long have you been an indie artist?
Deep down I’ve been an “indie” artist for as far back as I can remember, mainly with illustration and watercolors. The transition to fiber happened about four years ago.
What got you interested in your art of choice?
It all stared with wanting to learn to knit a pair of fingerless gloves. Then I stumbled upon a spinning class and learned to use a drop spindle. Next came Kool-aid dying, a spinning wheel, acid dyes, carding, and weaving…it’s a slippery slope!
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
From start to finish I love every part of the process. A little piece of me goes into every step from business cards and dye applications, to packaging and photographs. Being a part of the craftsmanship allows my personal style to shine through.
What most inspires you?
Mother Nature. Hands down.
What makes your creations unique?
Each piece is a miniature work of art. While items may look similar they are truly one of a kind.
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
If I had to pick a favorite it would have to be the dye itself. For me it’s like watercoloring on wool. I’ve fallen pretty hard for all natural dyes. It is so rewarding to see natures true colors come through.
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
I want to offer products that inspire others to be creative while staying true to my own aesthetic.
Does being an indie fiber artist affect other aspects of your life?
Being an indie fiber artist keeps centers me. Teaching natural dyeing and weaving workshops this year has been a wonderful addition. It is so much fun to share what I’ve learned and ignite that spark in others. Creativity keeps me grounded and fiber is the perfect outlet!