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Mother of Purl


Lauren McElroy is a multidisciplinary fiber artist currently working in fashion design, an at home dye studio, at their spinning wheel and on themselves. “Integrity in how I show up in the world in relationship to all that is, and the love of textiles, is at the center of Mother of Purl. It spirals into all that is created here,” Lauren says. “When you use a Mother of Purl pattern you are getting an experience that is meant to help you learn about your own intuitive knitting style and inspire experimentation. I write patterns in a made-to-measure format. The algorithms are provided for you, and you will have to take your own measurements, make a gauge swatch, and do some LIGHT math.” Yarns are handspun from local wool. Some are botanically dyed.

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Sample Yarn/Fiber Gallery

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  • Handspun Yarn in neutral shades.

  • Handspun Aran yarn reflects soft colors in garden tiles around it.
    Garden Snake
  • Hand-dyed braid of Merino roving in sidewalk chalk colors.
    Eclipse Portal
  • Art batt with sunset colors and undyed mulberry silk.
    City Sunset



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