The Quick Summary
Hey there! I’m Johnny Vasquez. In July 2010 I taught myself to knit with a Boye teach yourself to knit kit I bought for $10 at Wal-Mart. Since then I have fallen in love with the fiber arts and am trying to learn everything I can about the industry. I started Fiberstory.TV in June 2011 as a way of finding out how the people in this industry we encounter every day developed their craft and in many cases, turned it into their livelihood.
The Fiberstory Mission
Our mission is to introduce you to the people who make the fiber arts industry what it is and give them a platform to tell their story.
Our mission is to provide you with resources so you can grow in your craft.
Our mission is to increase your passion for the fiber arts!
The Johnny Vasquez Story
I was browsing the interwebs in July 2010, when I saw a knitted hat on the Fibershed Project blog and had my mind blown. I never knew such beautiful things could be created with just your hands and a little yarn. So I began my journey to learn to knit. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.
Growing up my parents had a spinning wheel in the living room. It belonged to my great grandmother, who was a spinner, dyer, and weaver. I also had a grandmother who would win blue ribbons at the Los Angeles County Fair with her crocheted afghans. But most of my experience with the fiber arts was bad acrylic yarn and granny square blankets from grandma. It never occurred to me that this was in my blood until I started exploring the knitting universe.
Not long after I began to knit I taught my wife, Lacie Lynnae, and she is now a budding knitwear design talent.
I received a couple of stitch dictionaries for Christmas in 2010 and came up with an idea for a video stitch dictionary website. In January 2011 I launched NewStitchaDay.com with little more than my iPhone and some work lights from Home Depot. That one site has become a small network of sites that cover the fiber arts industry. I hope to continue growing it to include other crafts in the future.