inspiration thursday: marlene scheepers-fourie

When you crochet or knit something using any of the yarn from ONE-OF-A-KIND, you know you are onto something really unique and special.

The colours are glorious and the yarn of the best quality!

I have had the privilege of working with.

In fact, when I recently visited the Yarn Indaba in Pretoria, I was amazed to see how quickly the yarn had sold.

Marlene had to rush back to her studio, simply to ensure the stall was stocked for the next day.

It truly is a wonderful experience having such fabulous yarns on our doorstep.

You might ask what makes it so special, and I’d say to you its because of the colour, the feel, themix and the variety.

I THINK THERE’S A LITTLE MAGIC IN EVERY SKEIN.

Meet the wonderful woman that makes it all happen… Marlene Scheepers-Fourie

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What inspires you?

Colour, how it plays and interacts with each other, and the wonder.  Colour is everywhere, it is all over in our everyday life, from a brick wall, to artwork, clothing and in nature. Design in architecture, in fashion, in art and in nature.

Marlene PicMonkey Collage

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY MARELENE

When did you start crafting and who taught you?

When I was young, my mom used to knit on a knitting machine and I would sit underneath the machine and stare at the knitting pieces as it came out.  The wonderfull bright colours she used was the thing that kept me staring at those knitting piece.  She also taught me how to knit, crochet and sew. At a very young age I would sit alone on the playground and knit or crochet when all my friends were playing games.  You could say I was a true nerd that wasso enchanted by the wonderful world of colour, yarn and creating something with my hands.

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Tell me about your product?

One of a Kind yarns are made from the top 100% natural quality yarns in South Africa and then refined  with the touch of an artist.  Every batch is one of a kind and never to be repeated exactly.  Even the skeins within a batch are not the same and thats what makes it so special. You can truly make an artwork that nobody else will have when using One of a Kind Yarns.

How did it all begin?

One of a Kind Yarns was born about 17 years ago, when a visit to the USA made me realise that I need more beautiful yarns to make my knitting artworks.  When I returned to South Africa I bought a spinningwheel and started making designer yarns and also dyed some of them myself.  When friends and family saw these creations, they also wanted some and that’s how my yarn journey started and my yarn dye addiction began.

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What do you think will be the next big thing in the world of craft especially your area of expertise?

When I give a creative crochet/knitting workshop and people start thinking out of the box I know we can still ecxpect wonderful things to happen on the art and craft scene and especially with younger people showing great potential and interest in the crafts

Who on the international craft scene do you admire most and why?

Difficult question, there are so many in knitting it would be Kaffe Fasset, his colour sense is just amazing.  Then there is Horst Schultz for showing and teaching us modular knitting. In terms of crochet it would be Prudance Mapstone for her wonderful freeform work along with Mizzy Morawez, Sophie Digard for her colour and design, Miroslava for the amazing artwork she achieves with hook and yarn and thats just to name a few…


marlene at craft share

What is your favourite blog and magazine and why?

I dont get much time to read or favour blogs or magazines, but I do follow Magda’s blogPIGTAILS, she has a special way of capturing my attention with her stories and wonderful pics and I do buy the Noro knitting magazine, their colour and designs are beautiful.

What is your favourite craft?

Making beautiful yarn (to which I am totally addicted ), and then crochet and knitting side by side.

If you had more time on your hands what would you do

Make more yarn…….?

What is your favourite yarn store / craft store and why?

Well thats a super question……for sure One of a Kind Yarns, because they cater for my crazy yarnie needs and then I love Arthur Bales in Jhb

marlene portrait 2

YES, YOU GUESSED RIGHT! MARLENE (WITH ESTE BEUKES) WAS THE CREATIVE FORCE AND ORGANIZER OF YARN INDABA. WELL DONE MARLENE! WE’RE PROUD OF YOU.


When it comes to the ONE-OF-A-KIND YARN, you can definately apply the following quote which says

“I will always buy extra yarn. I will not try to tempt fate.”

In fact its as simple as that.  Thanks to Marlene for ensuring we have top quality fabulous yarn… You have inspired my next project, MARLENE!

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(original post on 28 august 2014)

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