House Sparrow Fine Nesting is a handmade textiles company founded to share the craft and culture of textile making. Though far from being a one-woman show, it's Natasha Ball you will see teaching the classes, knotting the cord, and wielding the loom. 

HSFN offers weaving and macrame workshops, custom-made and ready-to-ship woven wall tapestry, hanging macrame sculptures and planters, handspun yarn, and natural dyes. Each piece is created to foster participation in the textile arts and to complement what you love most about your favorite spaces.


About House Sparrow Fine Nesting
 

I grew up on the west side of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, metro. I moved back a few years ago. When I go to town, I drive by the elementary school my grandmothers, my mother, and I all went to. Nearby is where the old cotton, steel, and glass mills where my grandparents and great-grandparents made their working lives. I’m proud to be from people who made their living by their hands. I’m grateful that I can make my life in the same place they made theirs. These characters, where they lived, and the things they loved often sneak into my work.

 
 

My husband is a smart man who often comes home with gifts for me. One night early in our marriage, my gift from him was a learn-to-knit kit. I wasn’t without prior instruction in the handcrafts. My grandmothers created sprawling and skillful works in crochet and quilting, and each taught me a thing or two. I studied textiles as part of my degree in American Studies at OSU, when I interviewed dozens of quilters in our part of the state about their work and its meaning. Even so, it took a detour through the arts-and-crafts aisle by a man who is much more at home on a thousand-yard rifle range to urge me grow into my inheritance.

For centuries women have used textiles and handcraft as a way to speak out, to validate what was dismissed as house work and to assert their value in the public sphere. Symbols and patterns used in quilts, weavings, even the colorwork in your knitted mittens are anchored in tradition and quiet dignity. That our grandmothers had the courage, energy, and creativity to transform scraps left over from caretaking into new, beautiful things has always inspired me.

In the world we live in, dominated by global concerns which have changed how we shop, eat, work, sleep, and even the shapes of our cities, homes, and our very bodies, weaving art into such a space is a bold act indeed. Not that Target and Apple and Costco can't serve us, but every dollar for art made special, for days or weeks or years the creator can never get back, is a vote for a way of life lived closer to the ground, to the veins and bones. Plus, when you bring art into your home, you’ll likely unsettle a guest at some point. This is what friends are for.

A house sparrow is a common little bird, also known as a weaver finch. My oldest son has always found these regular, commonplace creatures worth noting, so I thought I would, too. House Sparrow Fine Nesting was born in spring 2015.

Your thoughts and conversation are always welcome. Email me at n@housesparrownesting.com.   

About Prairie House

I begin my working days by climbing to the second floor of a 100-year-old carriage house. With Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic and our families, we renovated this house as a pair of studios, workshop space, and a place to raise our children. To honor its place in time as well as geography—it hugs the edge of historic Route 66 and the brick, Victorian- and Prairie-style facades of downtown Sapulpa, the seat of Creek County, Oklahoma—we decided to call it Prairie House

Heather paints in her sunroom studio, which overlooks a rock garden flooded with flowers. I weave and knot next door in my treehouse studio, where I pass the day in the shade of a towering black-walnut tree. Our library is filled with books—calligraphy, folk art, Japanese tie-dye, and dozens of subjects in between. Our sun-drenched workshop space has seating for 12 and showcases the house's original floors, which talk back as you walk across. It's here that sometimes, after the sun sets, we serve supper and sit with friends while we knit, weave, and spread out our favorite stories.

Outside, the sidewalk gardens that lead the way to our front door mark the seasons with tulips in spring, hollyhocks in summer, and mums in fall. Prairie House has transformed into a space to breathe and unwind. It's a place where you can get away at the same time that it's a place to start to find your way back. You can learn something new and discover kindred spirits. We're proud to call it home, and we hope we'll see you there.  

Open by appointment; email Natasha at n@housesparrownesting.com. Waves and smiles while you drive by always accepted, at 120 E. McKinley in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.