Meet Susan Withnell of Ewes-ful Fiber Arts

Susan Withnell is the artisan of Ewes-ful Fiber Arts in Westminster, MD. Spinning and weaving have been a passion for over 24 years. In her home studiio, there are 4 large floor looms and several spinning wheels. She breeds and raises rare breed Wensleydale sheep for their wool fleeces which she hand spins and hand dyes into yarns suitable for knitting, crocheting and other fiber pursuits. The Wensleydale sheep is known for it’s fine, lustrous yarn with a natural sheen to the fiber that shows in the finished yarn. Susan is also a hand weaver, weaving scarves, mobius wraps, shawls, and table runners. Yarn fibers used in her hand woven items include bamboo, tencel, wool, chenille and cotton. In 2020, Susan was named Artisan of the Year for the Waterford Craft Fair in historic Waterford Virginia. Every summer, she teaches a weeklong Fiber Arts Camp for children in Waterford. Susan teaches handspinning to individuals. from her home studio in Westminster and in 2024 will be teaching hand spinning in July at Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College.