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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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Embarrassing conversations

Mike and I are leaving soon to go visit family – mine in Maryland, then his in Chicago. And so the inevitable ritual of panic begins.

The conversation started about ten minutes after I wandered into Purlescence Yarns, my local yarn shop (which carries weaving stuff as well as knitting stuff, hooray!). In those ten minutes I had managed to wander through the entire shop, looking quizzically at hordes of knitting yarns, and had wound up in the book section, flipping through snazzy, full-color spreads of hand-knitted socks.

“Can I help you find something, Tien?” asked the shop owner. I jumped and hastily returned the sock porn to the shelf.

“Um, I’m not sure,” I said. “I’m honestly not sure why I’m even here, except that a friend gave me a gift certificate, and I’m going traveling in two days, and…”

“…and you need a travel project.”

“Well, yes. But I have a book due to the publisher in eight months, so I already know what I should be working on. I also already have 250 lbs of yarn. So I have no idea what I’m doing here except that a friend gave me a gift certificate and I’m traveling in two days, so I’m panicking.”

“I see.”

“So I think I might get some laceweight yarn for weaving, except that I already have a ton of that. Or maybe some sock yarn, except that I already know I’ll never finish the socks. Or maybe some super chunky yarn for a festive hat. I always knit hats when I travel during the winter, usually because I forget the prior year’s festive hat. Or…you don’t happen to have inkle looms, do you?”

…which is how this lovely little Ashford Inklette came home with me:

Ashford Inklette inkle loom

Ashford Inklette inkle loom

While I was there, I also discovered these delightful beaded yarns, which of course had to come home as well:

Lucci beaded yarns

Lucci beaded yarns

And, somehow, despite the many Xmas presents we’re packing, these are sneaking into my luggage:

10/2 cotton for inkle weaving

10/2 cotton for inkle weaving

I think it will be fun to try weaving inkle bands with beaded warp yarns – fortunately there is no reed to catch the beads, though I don’t know how well they’ll work with all the pegs. Guess I’m going to find out!

This is my first attempt at inkle weaving, so I’m probably going to start with some plain yarns and then work up to the beaded ones. At least, that’s the theory. Knowing my magpie tendencies, I’ll probably start with at least a few beaded warp threads, just to see what happens.

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