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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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The first twenty pounds are easy

Easy as fudge, in fact:

coconut, chocolate, and lavender fudges

coconut, chocolate, and lavender fudges

I made four kinds of fudge and three kinds of caramels over the weekend, but one batch failed, so I wound up with six kinds. Let’s start with the fudges:

lemon lavender white chocolate fudge

lemon lavender white chocolate fudge

coconut tequila lime fudge

coconut tequila lime fudge

coconut almond fudge

coconut almond fudge

chocolate macadamia fudge

chocolate macadamia fudge

And then there were the salted lavender caramels:

salted lavender caramels

salted lavender caramels

And the cranberry-orange caramels:

cranberry orange caramels

cranberry orange caramels

Those still have the transfer sheets on them, which is why they look suspiciously square on top. Later I peeled off the sheets, inspected the finished chocolates, and banished the substandard ones. They wound up making my coworkers very happy:

"seconds", mere moments before the hungry coworkers descended

“seconds”, mere moments before the hungry coworkers ate them all

I’m not sure what the total was yet, but each box weighed 1700-2000 grams, so multiplying by 6 gives at least 10 kg of caramels and fudge – probably more like 25 pounds! But that was the easy part. The complicated, difficult chocolates are yet to come.

What’s on tap for the rest of the week? Social engagements mostly: my critique partner Tuesday, a guild meeting Thursday, and Friday is a very special day: it marks the 1-year anniversary of the SkySat-1 launch! Yep, my company launched its first satellite a year ago Friday. How the time’s flown! The Skybox division is having a party to celebrate. I’m looking forward to it!

But I also have dreams of making yuzu marmalade. I know it’s crazy with chocolate season in full swing, but yuzu (a citrus fruit with a floral, fruity fragrance) are hard to find, and I managed to find some at the local farmer’s market. I don’t know how long the season will last, either…so I’m going to try making yuzu marmalade either this week or this weekend. Heaven only knows where I’ll find the time, but I’ve said that before…

The cats, by the way, are fascinated by the chocolate. Or, more accurately, by the many chocolate bags and boxes. Here is Tigress, exploring the marvelous possibilities in an empty box of cocoa…I’m amazed she fit into it, but she (clever kitty that she is) managed it!

Tigress in a cocoa box

Tigress in a cocoa box

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