Deborah McQueen Coder, Studio and Fiber Arts
Originally from Ohio, our family moved to Minnesota in 1999 via Alabama (twice), Germany (twice), Tennessee, Arizona, and Texas. In each place, whether by choice or by chance, I bloomed where I was planted.
My mother, an artist, nurtured my love of art and craft. As a child, I learned to knit, not realizing how important that skill would become many years later. (By chance, knitting sent me on many paths down the rabbit hole of fiber arts.) Through college I developed my drawing, painting, and photography skills. In 2018, I joined the Plein Air (inspired) Painting Club through the Rum River Art Center in Anoka.
I collected some new skills each place we lived until landing in Minnesota including (but not limited to) basket making in Tennessee, polymer clay in Arizona, and handspinning and editing knitting articles for a magazine in Texas. A career change brought our family to Minnesota and I began to teach knitting. I have had the good fortune to be published in Spin-Off Magazine, 60 Quick Knits From America’s Yarn Shops, and InKnitters Magazine.
When Anoka Fiber Works opened, I found a home with a community of makers. Three years ago my husband bought me a Cricket loom, sending me skipping on another path down the rabbit hole. I teach technique-based knitting classes, beginning rug hooking, and button making.