Happy Birthday to Us  1991-2019

28 years in business in the same location

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handmade art and gifts Eclectics Gallery

7015 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64113 - PH (816) 361-6643

Marne Close

 Kansas City, MO


Art Category: 

Fiber Arts

Member since 2017

WOOL is my favorite medium. My philosophy for fiber arts is to make useful, practical items with beauty and whimsy.

I began knitting when I was eight years old moving to costuming school plays in high school. 

After moving to Kansas City from St. Louis in 1979, I began weaving—although knitting remains my very portable therapy. When yarn stores began closing I decided I needed to learn to spin my own. For 10 years I sold handspun yarn along with knitted goods at the Renaisance Festival.

From spinning traditional rug hooking became my artistic outlet as it seems like painting with thin wool strips. I have been rug hooking for the past 20 years, either designing my own patterns or using purchased designs which I alter and use with my own color sense.

I still knit and am currently trying methods of incorporating  appliqué and needle felting with my wool hooking.


Marne lives in Kansas City with her cat, and joined Eclectics in 2017.