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Featured Artist: Debra Lambert of Picasso’s Moon

by The SpinArtiste on April 25, 2012

Publisher’s Notes:  For a quite a few years I’ve been beating a hasty path to Sarasota, Florida right after the end of tax season (guess what I do when I’m not blogging!).  Was it fate that one day this crazy knitter would stumble into Debra Lambert’s cozy, creative haven known as Picasso’s Moon?  I think it was.  Not only did meeting Debra propel me headlong into learning how to spin yarn, but I know of several others who say the same. 

Picasso’s Moon is tucked into the antique district on Fruitville Road.  Debra has used her Interior Design degree to good advantage as the eclectic mix of fiber-related decor and vintage pieces is artfully combined and arranged.  The shop’s offerings include an array of carefully selected commercial yarns, a wide variety of hand spun yarns including many of Debra’s own yarns as well as beautiful fibers for spinning.

Picasso’s Moon has very much a boutique feel for Debra has also incorporated a great selection of wearables and  incredible accessories such as the beautiful handbags she makes that combine upcycled leather and gorgeous heavily textured hand spun yarns. 

Everywhere you gaze in the store, you will find yet another item to purchase or a project in process that inspires.  Recently Debra has been making a lot of these little owls — so cute!

As one of the founding members of the SWAY Guild, Debra was one of the main organizers (along with Kim Perkins of Batts in the Belfrey) of the SWAY Guild’s first Art Yarn Festival which took place last weekend including a workshop led by Lexi Boeger.  How lucky for me that this event coincided with my annual trek to Florida this year!  

Debra and I had planned to do an interview for Spin Artiste for awhile and so we sat down on Sunday morning and with my trusty Flip camera so I could record our conversation. Please enjoy my interview with Debra as she speaks to us in her own words!

Thanks so much, Deb! We look forward to hearing more about the happenings with the SWAY Guild and seeing more of your wonderful work.

Readers, it’s been hectic getting back into the swing of things after my Florida trip and there’s a lot of great stuff coming around the corner.  The second round of Secret Stash Game projects has concluded and next week will be the great unveiling — Once again, the creativity of the artists involved is amazing. 

And…a few months back, I made some boot toppers to show case the tailspun yarns made by Esther Rodgers of JazzTurtle Creations for Vogue Knitting Live.  Esther was at Stitches South last weekend with the boot toppers on display and a lot of folks asked how to make them.  I have done my best and have written up “the recipe”.  Spin Artiste readers can check back on Sunday night to get in on some cool giveaway fun including my pattern for the boot toppers — free for you!

Until then, all my fibery best, Arlene

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