The ‘Modern (Luna)Muse’
Fashionable contemporary knitwear
Deeply feminine and elegantly functional
Designs dedicated to the flow of soulful harmonies
from the raw living fiber in my hands
to the finished garment,
embodying a woman’s authentic essence,
allowing her spirit to soar freely,
transformed and transcended -
while staying connected to and
acknowledging her roots in (r)evolution”
My designs compliment the
intelligent, creative, passionate,
with delicate strength of the heart,
inspiring and pursuing creative endeavors
while remaining true to her emotional integrity -
despite today’s epidemic disconnect of the intellect from the heart
Originally born & raised in Germany, Manuela got transplanted to the United States in 1995. Her largest moving box contained her faithful Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel, tons of knitting needles and pounds of fibers in various stages of incarnation.
Manuela’s love affair with knitting started at the tender age of 5. She taught herself to knit and got hooked on knitting & crocheting before she learned reading, writing and basic math skills. Thankfully she knows those by now too, which comes in really handy for following patterns & designing her own.
Spending her school & university years refining her knitting skills, Manuela eventually started to make her own yarns in her early 20’ies. She had transferred from Languages, Arts & Journalism to Social Therapy, and was working at the time with developmentally disabled adults in a Camphill Community in Germany and the United States.
For many years she was running homes, created care-plans and provided a soulful therapeutic environment in sheltered workshops which focused on processing raw wool, dying fibers with natural plant & mineral dyes, spinning, knitting, crocheting & weaving.
Manuela has been part of a local artisan scene for as long as she can remember. From Germany’s royal background of Barbarrossa’s castles to New England's rich crafts to beautiful & sunny Sonoma County in Northern California to avantgarde Asbury Park at the Jersey Shore to now the small island 7 miles out at sea off the coast of Maine, she always allows local elements to be part of her design process, every piece of land calling on a different part of the soul waiting to be expressed.
One can see Manuela's rich ancestral background and her extensive cultural travel experiences mirrored in the creation of her exquisite hand-spun yarns and her hand-knit designs which both give witness to extraordinary craftsmanship as well as her very own distinct design lines celebrating womens’ bodies in all shapes and forms.
Now in her early 40’ies, Manuela is focusing on developing her own knitting patterns & designs, specifically designed with handspun yarn in mind: 'handspun yarns, artfully created by hand and from the heart'
Lunamuse Fiberart's Knitwear Designs have been previously displayed up and down both coasts and most recently at various independently owned boutiques along the Jersey Shore, as well as Manhattan, NY and are now available exclusively in the Lunamuse Showroom in beautiful Eastport, Maine.
In her other lives Manuela is a devoted mom, wife, yoga teacher, writer & singer - a truly ‘Modern (Luna)Muse’, following the inspirations of her heart.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
serious fiber addict: knit wit & spinner of yarns yoga teacher & student of life stranded singer, weaver of words & poetress of old mermaid in disguise..
A life-long passion for spinning, knitting & wearable art
where fiber craziness meets love for fashion ..
Luna Muse... creative inspirations that are truly truly subject to my personal taste and influences. I love to embark on the journey to create with my hand-spun yarns...
Originally born & raised in Germany I got transplanted to the United States in 1995. My biggest moving box contained my Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel, tons of knitting needles and pounds of fibers in various stages of incarnation: raw, washed, carded, natural, dyed, spun, knitted…
I fell in love with knitting when I was 5. I taught myself to knit from my mom’s one and only knitting book and basically got hooked on knitting & crocheting before I learned reading, writing and basic math skills. Thankfully I know those by now too, it really comes in handy for following patterns & designing your own :)
I started to make my own yarns in my early 20ies. At the time I worked with developmentally disabled adults in Camphill Communities, first in Germany, then in the United States. I was running sheltered workshops and teaching the basics of wool processing, dying of fibers with plant based dyes, spinning, knitting, crocheting & weaving.
Now I am at the end of my 30ies and no longer work in a sheltered workshop, but still create my own yarns & knit designs and share my love and enthusiasm for fiber whenever I can.
In my other lives I am a mom, wife, yoga teacher/practitioner & singer…
My design approach is absolutely intentionally inspirational & magical... I keep myself open to the wonders around me and draw from there, be it nature, the wonderful fibers that go through my hands or colors... there is beauty to be found everywhere and sometimes I am blessed enough to catch some of it and weave it eternally into my work.
Lunamuse Fibers offers a variety of finely hand-crafted garments, hand-spun yarns & hand-carded spinning batts including fibers from sheep, mohair goats, alpacas & llamas that are kept animal-friendly like pets and are fed an organic diet.
Some of my fiber sources include Sandy's famous Homestead Wool & Gift Farm, Cory's Lincoln Longwool Sheep and Grandview Goats Farm.
No animal has to give up its life to give us fibers to wear.
Fibers are sampled extensively for quality, uniqueness and character and then processed by me almost always and only by hand. The only tools used are a washing machine to clean, a stainless steel pot to dye and a hand-cranked drum carder to mix fibers & colors with.
Occasionally man-made fibers or plant-based fibers such as tencel, viscose, bamboo, cotton or hemp are added to the melting pot.
The less electronic & automatic tools used in fiber processing,
the more of the fiber's natural healing & warming qualities stays alive.
Hand-spun yarns have a warmth and comfort which touches the heart that is hard to match by machine-produced yarns.
Accepted payment methods
- Money Order
I accept payment via Paypal or Money Order.
If you pay via Paypal, you can also pay via credit card without setting up an account.
If you pay via Paypal e-check, I will ship your purchase when the payment clears.
If you pay via Money Order,. I will ship your purchase once I have received & cashed your Money Order.
Custom orders require a 50% non-refundable deposit.
All packages will be mailed via the US Postal Service and include delivery confirmation.
I will ship to the address associated with the buyer's etsy account unless otherwise specified by the buyer at checkout via note to seller.
Please see my policies below regarding gift options.
Expedite shipping, insurance, etc. may be additionally purchased upon request before final payment has been made. Please note that I cannot be responsible for lost or damaged items if you choose not to purchase insurance.
For exact shipping prices overseas please contact me before purchasing so I can provide you with an estimate.
*Please note that where applicable, international buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Please notify me right away if your purchase is destined to be a gift and if you'd like me to include a card (at no additional cost). If so, you DO need to let me know the following details: recipient's gender, the event, and what to write on the card.
If you want me to ship directly to the recipient, please alert me, so that I will know not to include the invoice and price with the purchase.
All other purchases will be wrapped and shipped out in recycled but clean materials, unless you notify me that you'd prefer new packing material.
Returns and exchanges
If you receive an item from me that you feel is not as described or faulty or otherwise unfitting in some way, please notify me within 5 days of receipt of package.
I will be happy to refund your purchase price as soon as the item is returned to me in the condition you received it.
I always advise my customers to contact me before purchasing one of my knit wear items to ensure proper fit. I will be more than happy to give you additional measurements and discuss style, body-types and overall fit of the garment with you.
Please understand that I can only give store credit if you purchase a knit wear item from me without discussing proper fit first.
Exchanges are possible. I will do whatever I can to supply you with a satisfying shopping experience - please email me to work out details before you send back the initially purchased item(s). Please understand that I cannot pay for return shipping, but I am willing to split postage for the exchanged item(s).
Additional policies and FAQs
Most of my designs are truly one of a kind, because I use my own hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns. I also will occasionally use commercial yarns, but will not promote a particular brand. I mostly work with my own patterns. I also draw inspiration from printed patterns, but overall hardly work from a particular one pattern and oftentimes end up combining various elements from what catches my attention and inspiration.
I do want to state that I have 2 short-haired non-shedding dogs (Chocolate Lab & Weimeraner X), but they know to stay out of their mommy's fiber palace. Very rarely do I find a stray hair in any of my fiber projects.
I am happy to spin any of my spinning batts that I am offering here on the site for you. Just contact me :)
If you see an item that sold or want a current listing in a different color, contact me. If I can, I will make another one or discuss different color/fiber options with you.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
I am always happy to trade and barter. Just make me an offer :)