Natasha Ball finds joy in macramé and more
Textile artist behind House Sparrow Fine Nesting teaches her crafts to others.
Natasha Ball, center, teaches workshop participants the art of macramé at her Retro Den studio.
If you are searching for ways to weave a little personality into your home, check out a workshop with House Sparrow Fine Nesting.
Along with custom and ready-made goods, the Tulsa-based handmade home textiles company hosts a variety of in-house and online workshops fit for the aspiring DIYer.
It’s the creative vision of Natasha Ball, a fifth-generation Tulsan for whom handmade craftsmanship runs in the family.
“I spent a lot of time as a child with family members who made things with their hands,” Ball says. “Their commitment to making things by hand for the people they loved and for their homes captured my imagination from a very early age.”
This interest went with her to Oklahoma State University, where she studied the history of textiles while pursuing a degree in American Studies. And in early 2015, Ball turned her passion for handcrafting into House Sparrow Fine Nesting.
Each workshop and e-course offered by House Sparrow teaches the basic skills of various textile traditions — from dyeing to macramé, the art and craft of knot-tying — and allows attendees to leave with something uniquely handmade.
According to Ball, some of these workshops are one day, while others last multiple weeks. In-person workshops take place at Ball’s Retro Den studio, 1216 S. Harvard Ave., or at her home in west Tulsa. But all serve an even greater purpose.
“It’s more than just teaching someone to knit, tie knots or use dyes,” she says. “It’s the transfer of ancient techniques and traditions, as well as the chance to add our own voices to that history.”
This July, Ball will offer an e-course that teaches participants to make a hammock. Designed to be as fun and relaxing as the product itself, the course aims to build each crafter’s confidence while fostering a sense of community.
To learn more or register for workshops, visit housesparrownesting.com.