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I'm a weaver, writer, world traveler, and generally adventurous person. Among other projects, I'm currently writing a book about the creative process in craft, scheduled to be published by Schiffer Publishing in 2016.

In this website, I have shared some of my many interests. If you are curious about anything, drop me a line at !

Selected Works

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!

wedding dress

This wedding ensemble took one year and over 1000 hours of work to complete. I not only designed and wove the fabric, but also designed and sewed the dress myself, with help from Sharon Bell. There are three fabrics in this wedding ensemble – an eternity knot pattern, a Chinese double-happiness character pattern (the double-happiness character signifies a happy marriage), and a three-strand Celtic braid pattern. Together they symbolize a wish for eternal happiness in marriage!

Lava Flow

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 turn, brought to mind my trip to Hawaii and the beautiful rivulets of fire in the lava flows there. So I set out to recreate the beauty of flowing lava, fiery ruffles against crinkly black stone, flecked with fire.

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Photos, phoenixes, and placemats

Lieven came over last week to do the “official” photo shoot for my show entries, and I got the final shots a few days later. They’re beautiful!

Here are the finished cat placemats (I completed them late so I shot them myself):

Cat placemats - "The Tao of Cats" - dark side

Cat placemats – “The Tao of Cats” – dark side

Cat placemat - "The Tao of Cats" - light side

Cat placemat – “The Tao of Cats” – light side

And here are the two phoenixes, both full photos and detail shots. I can tell them apart easily, but then, mothers always know their offspring, right? I think it would be hard for most people to distinguish the two, so I’ve titled them “Goodbye, Ma (v.1)” and “Goodbye, Ma (v.2)” It occurred to me after I sent in my show entries that using software terminology for numbering pieces is about the least sexy possibility out there, but oh well. Henceforth I shall name them something sexier, like “Tweedledee” and “Tweedledum”.

"Goodbye, Ma #1"

“Goodbye, Ma #1”

"Goodbye, Ma #1", detail shot

“Goodbye, Ma #1”, detail shot

Handwoven phoenix #2 - "Goodbye, Ma #2"

Handwoven phoenix #2 – “Goodbye, Ma #2”

Handwoven phoenix #2 - "Goodbye, Ma #2" - Detail shot

Handwoven phoenix #2 – “Goodbye, Ma #2” – Detail shot

I also decided to enter the musk ox scarf and the sea-turtle scarf, and the photos are so lovely I have to share:

musk ox scarf

musk ox scarf

"Under the Sea" - handwoven sea turtle scarf

“Under the Sea” – handwoven sea turtle scarf

"Under the Sea" - handwoven sea turtle scarf, detail shot

“Under the Sea” – handwoven sea turtle scarf, detail shot

And here is a shot of the photographer at work, in my oh-so-glamorous “photography studio”:

The photographer at work

Lieven at work

And that’s it for now!

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