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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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Restructuring complete!

I finished setting up the structural analysis on Thursday morning, and spent all day Thursday reading and re-reading the book as it was laid out on the foam boards. I moved topics (and entire chapters!) around, added things, and deleted things until I was content with the flow of the book. I have now eliminated most of the bold leaps into nowhere, the redundant bits, and the nonsequiturs. And I have expanded upon some fundamental ideas, which now appear in every chapter, unifying the book.

Since then I’ve reshaped the outline/mind map for the book, cut and pasted the topics into the appropriate chapters, completely rewritten Chapter 1, and done radical surgery on chapters 2 and 3. Now I’m working on Chapter 4.

I’m very happy with how this retreat has gone. I’ve literally accomplished more in one week than I did in the preceding two months. And I’ve been able to do some deep thinking about the structure of the book, something I wouldn’t have been able to do without a large chunk of focused time. I love the cottage I’m staying in (the sauna and hot tub on the premises are wonderful too), and am already planning to come back in July to put the final touches on.

And my plan for the rest of the day? Revise as many chapters as I can before the massage therapist arrives. :-) I’m getting a hot stone massage, which I’d never heard of before but which sounds positively decadent. Seems like a wonderful way to finish off the retreat!

Meanwhile, my dragon inkle loom arrived, and it is just gorgeous! Debbie at To-Ply Fiber Arts did a wonderful job. I asked for a custom loom with longer pegs, and she made a loom with 6″ pegs. To support them, she had to make the body of the loom thicker, so she sandwiched two layers of African mahogany around a central panel of American cherry, and voila!

dragon inkle loom, back side

dragon inkle loom, back side

dragon inkle loom, peg side

dragon inkle loom, peg side

dragon inkle loom, top view

dragon inkle loom, top view

I can’t tell you how pleased I am with this loom – it’s a work of art, and should be quite useful, too.

Tomorrow morning I pack up and drive back home. It’s been a wonderful and very productive retreat, but I can’t wait to see Mike and these furry faces again:

Fritz and Tigress at the door

Fritz and Tigress at the door

And now, off for lunch! The Ft. Bragg Fire House is hosting an all you can eat crab feed, and this girl can eat a lot of crab. I grew up in Maryland, after all – so I’m a trained professional when it comes to crab-picking.

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