Long gone are the days of home-made clothing. For the most part anyway, we're big department stores, and fast paced, grab it and go.
But one Denison woman is slowing things down a bit.
Back in time with handmade wearable fiber art.
"I’m spinning silk from a silk cap. People call it a lost art but it's not,” says spinner and knitter Patricia Blankenship.
For Patricia Blankenship, there's only a thread of similarity between now and what was spun years ago.
“People 100 years ago had to provide themselves with clothing. I've stepped into something a little different,” says Blankenship.
A 'tightly knit' craft that has spurred into quite the business, "I don't need to supply the public with garments there's plenty of them out there.”
Rather her unique line of wearable fiber art, "I can now think of the artistic side of what I'm doing like the color, the texture, the shape, and just play around with that."
From sheep to shawl Patricia wears many different hats, as the spinner, knitter and weaver.
Each piece taking time and patience, "It takes about a month to make one shawl.”
Made from 20 different types of yarn, she knits for big and even the smallest of shoppers, crafting hats, scarves, and shawls with a personal touch.
"People like the bright primary colors and the back of it looks really neat. I think about the person I’m making it for or what color would go well,” Blankenship explains.
But turning textiles into art doesn’t feel like work, it comes naturally for Patricia, “It's in my jeans, the silk I’ve been spinning oh bout 15 years. I really am a fiberholic.”
And it’s likely she'll weave her way with customers for years to come.
If you think you recognized Patricia, that's because we featured her on Monday with her woven rosaries she sends to troops over seas as well.