Larson, Jeannette

Fiber Arts

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Stone County

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Larson, Jeannette

Jeanette Larson’s path to Mountain View, Arkansas and her job as the craft director at the Ozark Folk Center has been as winding, steep and bumpy as the local roads, but her path has a fiber artist has run straight through her life. Jeanette learned to crochet from her grandmother when she was eight-years-old and has rarely put down her crochet hooks since then. She crocheted while on the bench during high school basket ball games and in lecture halls in college. “Crocheting helps me relax and keep still while letting my mind work on things,” she said. Her mom is a talented seamstress who made many clothes for Jeanette and her two brothers. “I learned all the basics of fabric manipulation, fiber behavior and pattern piecing from watching my mother,” said Jeanette. In 2004, Joe Jewell, a long-time Mountain View resident, spent the summer at the Colorado Renaissance Festival playing his hammered dulcimer in front of Jeanette and Shawn’s Common Threads booth. He told them of a wonderful land called “Arkansas” where water falls out of the sky and wood grows on trees. Shawn, a wood worker and fiber arts tools designer, knew better. Wood is a very expensive material that you buy in stores. But, they were intrigued and juried into the Bella Vista Craft Show. It was really love at first show. The people were fascinated and friendly; the land was beautiful and lush; there were more types of trees that you could imagine and the couple had their second best show of the year, sales-wise. In 2006, they visited Mountain View. Joe had told them about the Ozark Folk Center. From before the first visit it was obviously fate. Now, as the craft director of the Ozark Folk Center, Jeanette fits her spinning, weaving, crochet and design time into the edges of her day. Fiber art is still the common thread that ties the rest of her busy life together.