by Dye Mad Yarns


Cincinnati based artist, and apparent lover of puns, Charley Harper might be one of the most well known artists in our collection. He was born in WV and grew up on his family's farm, lending tons of inspiration to his later artworks that mainly focus on whimsical wildlife scenes.  If you've visited the Columbus Museum of Art down the street from us, you've seen his cardinal pieces in their vibrant glory, celebrating our state bird. 

This piece in particular features a Blue Heron and was painted in 1985 and really showcases Harper's knack for conveying a complex image with simple shapes and stark colors. 

A Note From Ashley - As a lover of nature, Harper quickly became a favorite artist of mine. More often than not, the epitome of American wilderness art comes from the Hudson River School artists and their pieces are so tumultuous, dramatic and heavily realistic. I enjoyed Harper's modernist approach, but also loved the combination of design and fine art. They stand out for being visually approachable and charming, but still pack a ton of fine tuning and mastery of shape and color. 


Hattie Floof: 50g, 459 yards, 72% mohair/28% silk (lace weight)
Chester Sock: 100g, 437 yards, blend of 75% superwash merino/25% nylon
Gladys Shawl: 100g, 438 yards, single ply blend of 70% superwash merino/30% silk
Adelaide MCN: 100g, 437 yards, 80% super wash fine merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon
Tortie Sport: 100g, 287 yards, 80% alpaca/20% silk
Minnie DK: 100g, 246 yards, 100% superwash merino wool 
Genny Worsted: 100g, 191 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% alpaca
Chubby Trevor: 115g, 136 yards, 100% superwash merino
Chunky Trevor: 100g, 76 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, single ply
Piper Fiber: 85% Polwarth Wool/15% Tussah Silk, approximately 4oz braid of fiber for spinning, felting, etc