Here is my shield–from home spun wool, sticks and sparkly stuff

Shield--final project from Fibergoodness Journey to the Golden Fleece
Shield–final project from Fibergoodness Journey to the Golden FleeceI

I went for a walk this Christmas day just at dusk.  I wanted to collect some sticks to add to my shield, to give it some solidity.  I know many places are quiet today–people at home with family and friends, staying warm, celebrating.  But in my neighborhood, things are bustling.  I live in a part of Chicago where there are many Indian and Pakistani restaurants and stores.  It looked like they were all open and busy.  I don’t know why I always feel self conscious when I go out to collect sticks or leaves or other bits of nature in my very urban neighborhood, but I do.  But I do it anyway.

This shield is the final project in the online spinning class, The Journey to the Golden Fleece.  It has been a wonderful journey–full of spinning and creativity and getting past various degrees of stuckness.  Especially on this last project.  But I finally got it to where I wanted it.  I like the combination of wool and sparkly things.  I also like the solidity of the wood with the softness of the wool.  It didn’t come out the way I was expecting it to.  But I realize that nothing ever does.  And that’s fine.  In fact, it’s good.  Life (and my new shield) is more interesting and messy and scary and fun than I ever imagined it would be.

I am about to enjoy Indian take out with my family.  Finishing this project was my gift to myself.

Enjoy your journey!


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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