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Starstruck Cat Studio

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Contact Information

3130 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite H Greenwood, Indiana, USA 46142

phone: view phone318.889.9665

website: www.starstruckcatdesign.com

Overview

Jill is proud to offer high quality hand made products, supplies, books, and classes for those interested in rug hooking, yarn arts, basket making and other arts and crafts. Products, supplies, and classes are available at the studio.

Hours of work

Tuesday and Friday: 10 AM to 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday and Saturday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday
Open studio hours are Friday from 5 to 8 PM

Description

I was encouraged from an early age to explore music, needlecrafts, cooking, entertaining, and to always be open to trying new things.

In 2001, as I was starting the evening program at Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, I saw a demonstration of rug hooking for the first time at Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair but was told that it was too difficult, which I found curious because it appeared to involve using a hook to pull strips of wool through a foundation of burlap, which didn’t look so hard.

In 2002, I again stopped by the rug hooking demonstration area at Pioneer Village but was told this time that rug hooking was too expensive. Since my friend, Melissa, had taken me to some basket classes over the previous year, I had a hobby to keep my hands busy and chose not to argue with the lady who was hooking a rug.

In 2003, when I stopped by the rug hooking demonstration area at Pioneer Village, I left my contact information and requested a teacher contact me. That is when I met Bev Stewart of Whispering Pines Rug Designs in Danville (now Clayton), Indiana. Under her tutelage, I learned the art of hooking handmade wool rugs. Bev also shared her knowledge of various dying techniques, rug design, and color planning. In addition, I’ve enjoyed learning knitting, crocheting, punch needle, needle felting, proddy, wool appliqué, and other arts involving wool. I’m currently threatening to learn to handspin yarn, but I need to conquer the antique sock machine and sewing machine I have before I bring another piece of equipment into the house.

In 2006, my friend, Tricia, and I took a continuing studies class from IUPUI and learned to pour soy wax candles. I became interested in soy wax as an alternative to paraffin wax for candles after I grew concerned about indoor air quality after getting grossed out one too many times from all the black soot at the top of the jar candles I loved to burn in my home. Back then, it was more difficult to find soy wax candles that were readily available in the marketplace, and when I did find them, they were a funky scent or color. I enjoyed the class so much, I started making candles and soy wax tarts for friends, and those friends asked to purchase candles for their friends and family. I also began designing and mixing scented potpourri because I love playing with scent, texture, and color.

For me, making things with my hands is therapeutic because I get such a sense of accomplishment in learning something new and seeing a finished product. I’m on a mission to teach these crafts to people who want to learn them. Unlike the ladies who tried to extinguish my interest in rug hooking because it’s “too hard” or “too expensive,” I hope that there are lots of folks out there who would like to learn how a basket is woven or how a sock is knit.

In December 2009, I left my “real job” as a practicing attorney to play with wool, wax, and weavers full-time. I live in Indianapolis with my super-supportive "fellas" (husband Mark and son Patrick) and five cats (Sophie, Gabby, Marvin, George, and Edna).

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Owner: Jill Carnell

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