Katrina Kellett grew up playing in the fresh country air of the Manning Valley with her dog, some chickens and a few poddy calves curtesy of her father's hobby farm. When she wasn't helping her dad build or repair things on the family property, she was tagging along with her mother to guild meetings. It was in these moments, sitting quietly alongside older women watching their hands move skillfully with fabric and yarn that Katrina's interest in textiles first began.
Fast forward a few years and whilst taking leave from full time employment Katrina found herself with time to begin exploring her textile passion in greater depth. After seeing a plethora of eye-catching yarns whilst living in Europe, she wondered if she could find something similar in her neck of the woods and in late 2014 during a visit to the Nundle Woollen Mill, Katrina was surprised to find herself having a go a dyeing.
Many of the un-dyed yarn bases available to dyers come from overseas. Having grown up in a farming community, Katrina wanted desperately to source an Australian producer to supply the high quality Australian yarn she was after and so in November 2015 she set off to visit a producer in Victoria on a property called Tarndie. There she met the Dennis family and their flock of Polwarth sheep and found her fibre source.
Focussed primarily on dyeing Katrina's studio is always a hive of activity with numerous jars of colour and skeins of yarn in varying degrees of soaking, dyeing or drying. When she is not dyeing, Katrina can be found spinning, knitting or planning her next adventure (and occasionally a spot of administration).
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