Hi, my name is Annette Ringeisen. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and maker of beautiful things.
My family is everything to me. Having raised 3 children and seeing my own children raise theirs gives me a true understanding of how difficult a task it can be. We all want the best for our kids, but sometimes we get swept away with the questions “what is the best?” and “are we doing it right?” We only have one chance at raising them and we will not know how it all turns out until they are adults and on their way to shape their own future.
It is a scary, but a very rewarding path. Enjoy every moment! My husband and I are now "empty nesters", sharing our home with the three dogs.
I love the truth and beauty of natural things and so I use those things that are natural and organic in my creations. I design and hand-make usable art mostly out of wool fiber, but any natural material will do. I like to incorporate silk, leather, beads or even wood into my creations, but wool is always the main “ingredient”.
Very often my creations come to me in a dream.
I actually work through the whole making of something while I sleep, working through problems and challenges, and making patterns. So when I finally get started I already know most of what to do. Some people work through this with a sketch or notebook, I do it while I sleep. I talked to my father about this (he was an artist) and he said he did the same when he got ready to paint one of his paintings or shape one of his wooden sculptures.
Follow your dreams!
At an early age, I was taught to knit, crochet and make things, and it has remained a big part of my life. In school, I knitted socks, hats, and mittens, sewed aprons and napkins and later when I married I sewed my own wedding dress. This was not my idea at first, but it was a requirement that my mother threw at me. To this day, I am convinced it was a test to see if I’d give up on getting married (I was 17). Nice try mom!
I have been married for 33 years this year (2016) and have been blessed with a man, three children and four grandchildren who support me and my love of fiber and creating. My children all went to a Waldorf School, first in Germany and later in North Carolina (where I taught Handwork and German for 6 years).
I have been selling my creations since 2006 online and local stores. I have created many dolls, hobby horses, wall-hangings, wearables and decor, and teaching courses for children and adults alike.
After a big move from North Carolina to Califonia in early 2016, I am excited to continue my work. I have always loved designing, creating, and teaching.
I have already connected with local creators and farmers via the Fibershed and sometimes offer courses via Verlocal. I hope our paths will cross either in class, online or in one of my creations! Thank you for stopping by!
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