Lance's Journal: Coat of Many Critters, July 7, 2014

51 years ago, Tom Vandenack gave his wife a gift that would keep on giving for many years to come.

Tom was in the U.S. Air Force when he visited Spain and brought home a spinning wheel for his wife. The fire had been lit. Sharon exclaims, "As soon as I started weaving, I was hooked."

Sharon was instantly on the lookout for fiber, "Whenever we are on a trip and I go into a fiber shop, I always buy a handful of fiber that I find exciting."

For decades, this 1957 graduate of Lincoln High School, accumulated a wide variety of fiber, "Then one day, I went into a fiber shop and I bought some and I thought this is ridiculous, I'm going to have to do something with these and then it struck me...a coat of many critters."

Sharon's next great project was underway, "There was a lot of thinking to do."

Over the course of 5 years, Sharon accumulated, spun, wove and sewed her sketches into reality...and it's safe to say, this project consumed hundreds of hours of Sharon's life, "It could be a thousand (hours), who knows? If you count thinking time."

The list of animals represented in Sharon's critter creation is extensive, "21 different fibers in the coat, 22 different animals if you count the buttons."