What's the weirdest request you’ve had on a commission piece?
The most unusual and touching commission project I have done was turning an old Scandinavian cardigan into tea pot warmers and cup warmers. This sweater belonged to a mother whose daughters gave it to the mother's friend when she died. This friend commissioned me to create for each child a set of these cozies. I thought that was very touching.
What inspires you?
I am usually inspired and guided by the yarn itself. Depending on how much of yarn I have, how well I can combine it with another color I have in my stash, and the season or function it should have.
If you could wake up tomorrow with a new artistic skill, what would it be?
I have always wanted to learn how to bobbin lace. Again, as a child I was fascinated watching a friend of my mother's toss those bobbins around different pins and in the process create this beautiful delicate lace. I need more time!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I love to ballroom dance!
Make sure to come see Helene's yarn bombing (and other great products handmade by local artists) in person at 318 SW Taylor Street in Downtown Portland!