Artisan’s Bio

Artist at work, Close up of wool spinning, finished product of wool in pinks and purples
Leslie Hauck has been spinning since 1979, using anything that is spinnable from Sable Island pony hair to milkweed pod silk. She enjoys working with dog hair because of it’s availability, dye-ability, novelty, and beauty!  Yes, I might be able to spin your dog’s fur!

Handling fibers, working with colour, spinning and creating yarns is a passion for Leslie; so, too, is passing on that excitement through demonstrating to the public and teaching students. She’s been teaching since 1996 years through The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (nscad), and privately.

Beginning her post-secondary education with three years in Fashion Design, she attended  Parsons School of Design in New York. As a life-long knitter, seamstress, and clothing designer, her love of fibre, colour and textiles has been a continuous thread throughout.

At mid-life other passions took over and Leslie obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies, a Master’s of Art Degree in Feminist Counselling, and a Certificate in Psychosynthesis. For many years she balanced life as Family Life Educator and Therapist for The Eastern Shore Family Resource Association with her business, The Spinner’s Loft — Learn-To-Spin Vacation Workshops.  There are Life Lessons to be learned both in therapy and in spinning!  In 2019 she decided to retire from the ESFRA organization, but continues both avenues of work “privately”.

Visit the Studio – where hats, scarves, neck warmers, and yarn are available — by chance or appointment.

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*Photo Credit: Spinning wheel by Margot Metcalfe