Imagine walking into a colorfully immersive environment made entirely of fiber, exploding with vibrancy and texture. As you walk from room to room, new adventures await you in art installations you can’t help but sink your hands, and mind, into.
The Craft Yarn Council is excited to announce a new partnership with Dallas’ premiere experiential art exhibit, Sweet Tooth Hotel, to bring an immersive fiber experience to audiences across the country. The new installation, titled “Intangible,” opened June 2020.
“Intangible” showcases an all-female lineup of some of the top fiber artists from around the United States, including yarn-bomb extraordinaire London Kaye (Los Angeles, CA), Fiber Artist Niki Dionne (Dallas, TX), Muralist and Illustrator Alli Koch (Dallas, TX), Fiber Artist Jackie Lawrence (Denton, TX), Installation Fiber Artist and Yarn Bomber Hannah Busekrus (Austin, TX), Crochet Designer Twinkie Chan (San Francisco, CA), Textile Designer Molly Sydnor (Dallas, TX), Dallas Yarn Bomber Co-Founder Sally Ackerman (Dallas, TX), Knit Artist Joanna Lin (Dallas, TX) and Embroidery Artist Kara Herman (Denton, TX). Each artist has been given a dedicated space to create their own whimsical world completely made from fiber and are the first cohort for CYC AIR (Craft Yarn Council Artist-In-Residence program).
Since each of the artists are using large quantities of yarn for their installs, we wanted to do a special series of Happy Place blog posts to dive into how each of them are storing their yarn and organizing it. Read on for our CYC AIR Happy Place with Hannah Busekrus of Hanasaurusrex and /h//s/r/ textiles! Hannah is a fiber artist, yarn bomber, illustrator and all around awesome person who was part of our Humans That Yarn campaign!
How many skeins of yarn are you receiving for your Sweet Tooth Hotel installation?
At the present, over 1,100.
What brand and fiber content are you using in your installation?
What colors are you using for your installation?
I am using 27 colors in my installation. I'm using really bright and fun colors and all but three of them are Red Heart Super Saver.
What system do you use to organize your CYC AIR yarn for Sweet Tooth Hotel?
I started out stacking all that had arrived (3 shipments of around 200 skeins each) against the wall, by color, in my dining room. I made a "frame" out of all the Poly-fil boxes also living in that space (24 ten lb. boxes) and then fill the space inside with all the yarn. It was kinda awesome... but also kind of structurally unsound, haha! About half of it came tumbling down a day or so later. I didn't have time to reorganize it all pretty, so all the fallen skeins just got thrown up on top of the ones still stacked. It's still a wall-o-yarn, err well, half a wall-o-yarn now.
What furniture or storage systems do you use to organize the yarn you received?
I use any space I can find! Some of my nice hand-dyed yarns are in pretty baskets or in little shelf "hammocks" from Ikea that fit their Kallax shelf system, but I notoriously have more yarn than space, like always... so all the craft acrylic I use for yarn bombing and quick projects live in lawn size garbage bags in the spare room. There are boxes here and there with yarn shipments still in them. I use a lot of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, so it's everywhere. I was using an old vintage dresser to organize it by color, but then I got busy with projects/work and ended up using a lot of it. I bought more, but it hasn't made it back into an organized state yet.
Since I've started creating punch needle jewelry, I now have a lot of recycled cashmere and more hand-dyed fingering weight wools. Those live in every nook and cranny of the space surround my comfy Poang chair in the living room. This is where you can find me fiber working or pleasure knitting/crocheting when I'm not tufting. Oh gosh... all the yarn for the tufting. I started a new wall-o-yarn in my garage studio for all that yarn.
Do you or have you ever found it difficult to manage or organize your yarn?
YES! I dream of a day when I will have a dedicated space to work in large enough to not only contain my current yarn hoard but all the new yarn babies I am certain to adopt in the future.
Knowing the amount of yarn you were going to receive, how did you find an organization system that worked for you?
We rearranged our dining room/kitchen, moving the dining room table into the center of the kitchen. We also cleaned out the garage and set up my studio. Yarn lives against the dining room wall, coned up in the garage or still in the box it came in. That's about as organized as I could get with 1100+ skeins moving in.
How do you like to de-stash?
What is de-stash? Haha I tend to keep all my yarn. I like having yarn on hand for whatever ideas come to me when they come.
Do you work in the same space where your yarn is stored? Why or why not?
Yes. I started a new textile biz and currently work from my home studio. It isn't my most preferred way to work. Working from home can easily blur the line between work and life outside of work for me. I would much prefer to work from a separate studio... but baby steps.
How important is a well-organized yarn corner/office to your mental wellbeing?
I'm not really sure?! If the day ever comes that I can really organize, I'll find out! I'm pretty sure I'll be elated because of how long it's been only halfway organized and how many homes/states I've moved to with this stash trying to find new ways to organized it each time.
Where did you purchase everything shown in the photos you submitted?
Ikea: Kallax shelf/asscessories, seagrass baskets
Michaels: white rectangle rolling cart
Hobby Lobby: cream wire basket
Target: black round rolling cart
Share any tips or advice your have for someone who is trying reorganize their stash.
Make space in your daily life for the yarns that make you smile the biggest so you can see it everyday and dream about what you can create with it.
And there you have it - Hannah’s best tips for storing large amounts of yarn. Check out our next CYC AIR Happy Place post for yarn storage thoughts from Molly Sydnor!
All photos courtesy of Hannah Busekrus.