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About....

Thread Gardens is a small fiber studio housed at the historic Western Avenue Studios in Lowell MA. Fiber artists can find a unique selection of high quality, natural handpainted yarns, beads, tools, and other materials with which to create.

The Products

Yarns

Thread Gardens is a Fiber Art Studio committed to high quality, unique materials the fiber artist that lurks within all of us.

There are several great yarn stores in Central Massachusetts that carry a great range of commercially produced yarns. Thread Gardens has carved out its own niche by specializing in unique yarns and fibers, not available at conventional knitting shops.

We offer a variety of hand painted yarns in a range of natural and synthetic fibers. Each skein is unique, and color ways are designed to work with one another, so the artist can create a truly one of a kind piece. Yarns are dyed with natural and synthetic dyes.

A wide variety of colors and fibers are available in individual skeins, encouraging the artist to design and experiment with a broad palette of color and texture. Yarns range in gauge from very fine (primarily for weavers) to chunky.

We also carry a few very unusual commercial yarns, such as recycled sari silk that are not easily found in other yarn stores.

Beads selected to complement the yarns are also available.

We also have kits for sale. Each kit is unique, with a handpicked selection of yarns and findings designed to complement each other. Kits include all the materials and instructions needed to finish a project, and are packaged in unique bags or containers, designed to complement the kit.

Tools

Thread Gardens offers Brittany birch knitting needles and crochet hooks and 29" K A bamboo circular knitting needles.

Because we would rather focus our efforts on supplying the fibers for customers and students to create their art pieces, we focus on a limited selection of high quality tools that can be used in a variety of situations.

The Classes

Classes in weaving, knitting and crochet are offered to those with an adventurous spirit. The goal of the classes is to help each student discover and nourish his or her natural creative instinct, while developing the skills and confidence to explore new and uncharted artistic territory.

Classes for children and adults focus on development of fundamental techniques, and exploration of the creative process. Students do not learn to follow patterns, they learn to create them!

Beginner Level Classes

Beginner level classes in knitting, crochet and weaving are offered frequently throughout the year. The focus of these classes is on the most basic techniques, and students receive the tools an materials to create simple projects.

Advanced Level Classes

Students who know the basics of knitting or crochet are offered a variety of choices for classes to stretch their knowledge and imaginations. These individual workshops and classes are project based and typically span one or two sessions and cover a variety of techniques such as shaping, color work, texture and others.

The Studio

Art of the Tangle ~ Thread Gardens is located at Studio 502 at the Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave, Lowell MA, 01851.

Western Avenue Studios, is home to one of the largest artist colonies in Massachusetts. Housed in an historic textile mill, the building is home to over 150 working artists, working in a broad spectrum of media, including paint, metal, fiber, glass, wood, and so on. Western Ave also boasts The Space , a cafe, where visitors can enjoy soups and sandwiches, recording studio, and performance venue.

Open Studios at Western Ave are held the first Saturday of every month, from 12 noon to 5pm. Visitors will find most of the resident artists in their studios during First Saturdays.

Western Ave also participates in a number of events and festivals in and around Lowell, including Lowell Open Studios.

Western Ave Studios is open to the public during business hours, individual studios are open by chance or appointment. Please visit Western Ave Studios for more information.

About Jean Theurkauf

Owner Jean Theurkauf displays hand crafted fiber art pieces, such as handwoven scarves, shibori neck pieces, and other wearable art at the studio.

Jean has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Pychology from Brandeis University. After working for many years in software engineering, she has returned to her passions... art, fiber and teaching.

I believe that every human being has the ability to create beautiful artwork. I also believe that most people have an innate desire to express themselves creatively. However, as we grow into adulthood, our artistic instincts are often squashed because we find that we don't measure up to various "standards". We don't do things the "right" way.

My focus in teaching is to help students understand basic concepts in creating knitted, crocheted, and woven fabrics. There are often multiple ways to acheive the end result, and I work with students to find the methods that work best for them.

My greatest pleasure is to see the moment when students understand the basic ideas, and go off to design their own fabrics.

I believe that if people are given the "tools" and "ingredients" (beautiful yarns, a palette of colors), and a positive experience, that they will have the confidence to go forward and develop their own artistic instincts.

I don't teach students to "copy" what they see or follow patterns, but rather to be free to decide what they want to create. And, the best part is, I always learn something from my students, every time I teach a class.

It doesn't get better than that!

-Jean Theurkauf

Jean also teaches Zentangle ® as a way to help people unlock and expand their natural artistic talents. Please visit Art of the Tangle for more information.


Western Avenue Studios #502 ~ 122 Western Ave ~ Lowell, MA 01851 ~ 978 563 9890
Open First Saturday of every month, 12PM - 5PM, during Open Studios