Ms. Withnell has been a hand spinner and weaver for 20 years with a fiber arts business, “Ewes-Ful Fiber Arts”. She raises high percentage Wensleydale sheep (known for their excellent spinning fleeces), alpaca, and angora rabbits on her Maryland Farm. Her sheep are bred for fiber quality. She uses these fibers in the hand spun, and hand dyed yarns she sells at the Fiber Art and Craft Shows she attends.
Ms. Withnell has run Fiber Arts Summer Camps for Children and an after school fiber arts club at the elementary school where she taught before recently retiring, She has demonstrated hand spinning at the Great Yorkshire Agricultural Show in Harrogate, England. She teaches handspinning on drop spindles and spinning wheels at her studio in Westminster, Maryland.
Ms Withnell has been a juried, demonstrating artisan at the Waterford Fair for the past 10 years.