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I'm a weaver, traveler, and generally adventurous person. Here I have shared some of my many interests - handweaving, other fiber arts, and adventure travel all over the world. I hope you enjoy perusing the site! If you are curious about anything, drop me a line at !

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Reborn in Fire: Phoenix Rising

Reborn in Fire: Phoenix Rising is the first in a series of pieces examining death and rebirth through the reborn phoenix.

The Celtic Braid Cape

My Celtic Braid Cape, inspired by a year spent working in an unheated garage! I wanted a luscious, yummy fabric to keep me warm on cold winter days. (Published in Handwoven, Jan/Feb 2013.)

Autumn Splendor

For this project, I envisioned a long coat with autumn leaves “falling” over a background that also shaded through autumn colors. The swooping curves and leaf patterning evoke an autumn sunset.

Kodachrome Coat

Kodachrome was my response to the Handwoven Garment Challenge issued in early 2011. A fiesta of color, it was also my response to spending a year weaving and sewing an all-white wedding dress!

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Playing with marmalade, indigo, satellites, and robots!

It’s been a busy couple of days! On the book front, I wrote the sample chapter on visual design and did the first review with my critique partner. It’s still pretty rough, but I have an idea where I’m going with it now. The next step will be writing the other sample chapter, on the creative cycle (Design, Make, Critique, Change). After that I’ll start editing and polishing.

On the marmalade front, I just finished the final batch of marmalade. I made four batches this weekend: Rangpur lime with saffron, grapefruit with rose geranium, bergamot, and strawberry/Meyer lemon with rose geranium. The strawberry/Meyer lemon is processing in the canner and should be out shortly.

All four are delicious, and it’s hard to pick a favorite! But I think the strawberry and Meyer lemon is my fave. At least for now. Flavors shift as the marmalade cools, so I’ll do a second tasting around once they’re completely cool.

And yesterday I did my first indigo vat in well over a decade. My friend Lisa needed to indigo-dye some T-shirts, so I offered to set up a vat. We used pre-reduced indigo from Dharma Trading Company, and it worked like a dream. It was magical to see the shirts go into the bath a pale blue, come out malachite green, and then slowly oxidize to a deep indigo. I took some time-lapse photos – the shirt was not fully oxidized at the end, but Lisa needed to take the shirts home with her so they could be washed out. I didn’t dye anything myself, but kept the vat and am thinking of doing some shibori dyeing this week.

Also in the textiles vein, I spotted this yarn-bombing at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Saturday:

Yarn bombing by Knits for Life

Yarn bombing by Knits for Life

I particularly love the chicken feet. Baba Yaga’s bench, perhaps?

Also, work (Skybox Imaging) had a huge moment on Thursday as, bursting with pride, we shipped our second satellite off to launch base. It’s being launched out of Russia sometime this quarter, assuming things don’t get delayed. (No problems so far, but we’re devoutly hoping that Russian relations stay stable!)

Here are a few pictures of the load-out. The satellite’s official name is SkySat-B, but once it’s launched, it will become SkySat-2. It’s a modestly sized satellite, like SkySat-1 – about the size of a mini-fridge. But obviously, the protective crate is a lot bigger!

Tien with the crate for SkySat-B

Tien with SkySat-B

SkySat-B being loaded

SkySat-B being loaded for its journey into space

ITAR warning for SkySat-B

Satellites are considered controlled military technology – thus the warning, in Russian and English!

And, as a treat for reading to the end, here’s Tigress encountering a Roomba for the very first time!

(For those not familiar with them: a Roomba is a little circular robot vacuum cleaner that wanders around your house vacuuming up dirt. We just bought ourselves one, in hopes that it might improve our dreadful housecleaning habits. But they are also great as cat entertainment!)

Randomly Selected Work

    This was one of my very early pieces, woven on an eight-shaft Baby Wolf during the four months or so that I owned it (I upgraded shortly thereafter to a 16-shaft Leclerc Diana). It’s a six-shaft huck lace pattern, drawn from the book Handwoven Laces, woven in a 2/28 nm white silk.
    The Handwoven Magazine “Not Just for Socks” reader challenge inspired this shawl, a collapse weave in two different sock yarns. I was rummaging through my stash of sock yarns for the contest, and found some Cascade Fixation, an elastic sock yarn with a crinkled appearance that reminded me of cooled lava. This, in
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