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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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First inklings

We flew to Maryland today, and arrived uneventfully. Before we left, of course, there was the usual hectic packing, with heroic felines volunteering to help at every turn:

Fritz helping pack

Fritz helping Mike pack

Tigress guarding our luggage

Tigress guarding our luggage

I had a little bit of time before we left for the airport, so I started setting up the inkle loom. Of course, the ever-helpful felines had to assist with that as well – sadly, I did not get a photo of Tigress chewing on/shredding the cone of white 10/2 cotton (mostly because I was too busy rescuing it from her!), but this will give you some idea of the abundance of feline assistance:

Fritz and Tigress helping me warp

Fritz and Tigress helping me warp

I didn’t get much done besides tying some heddles before leaving for the airport, but while at the gate for our connecting flight, I managed to get the Ashford Inklette half warped. And, as it transpired, we had a seat in an exit row, meaning I had enough space to continue working on the plane.

Here’s a photo of the fully warped loom:

warped inkle loom

warped inkle loom

I warped up with a mix of red beaded yarn and red, white, and green 10/2 cotton. After doing a little debugging, I wove the first few inches:

first inklings

first inklings!

The beads turned out to be moderately challenging – an inkle warp is quite dense (inkle bands are a warp-faced fabric), so the beads were catching on adjacent threads, and caught on the heddles whenever I advanced the warp. They slowed things down somewhat, but otherwise worked out just fine.

After about six inches, I got bored with straight-up inkle weaving and decided to try my hand at pickup:

playing with pickup

inkle weaving – playing with pickup

So far I’m only doing pickup with the unheddled threads, but tomorrow morning I plan to try doing more complex patterning. While I do plan to focus on the book in my bits and pieces of free time, the inkle loom will be great for times when I don’t have the mental focus for writing, or just want to enjoy working with my hands.

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