Fiber Artist - Kelly Newkirk
Kelly Makara Newkirk was born and raised on a small farm in Dutchess County, New York. She learned to sew and quilt from her great aunt at a very early age and has continued working with fiber ever since. "Working with color - dying yarn or silks provides many creative opportunities for me and combines my love for art and fiber. Each piece is an expression of the creative passion that is inside of me." says Kelly.
She hand dyes all her yarn and silks..
She currently weaves the majority of her work on a loom that is an AVL 16 harness production dobby loom. The dobby is a device that she uses to set the pattern that she is weaving. This loom has a weaving width of 60" and is equipped with a fly shuttle. On most looms, the weaver uses their hands to pass the shuttle from one side to the other. The fly shuttle is a mechanical device that enables me to easily pass the weaving shuttle through a wide width. She then creates scarves, shawls, blankets, purses and more. The main focus of her weaving is using natural fibers such as alpaca, angora, cashmere, cotton, linen, llama, mohair, rayon, silk, and wool.
Her yarns are
beautiful jewel tones