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My chosen "play" is to weave, mingling color and weave structure for unique and beautiful cloth. I want it to be lovely to the eye as well as to the hand.
I have been weaving since 1970 and still love to do it in all it's aspects from idea and design, to setting up the loom, to weaving, to finishing.
I explore the possibilities of color interaction in the fabric as well as the use of yarn and fabric structure to create a unique hand woven cloth with both utility and beauty.
I have been self taught, which means to have read lots of books, made lots of trials, but also to have gone to workshops on specific topics. It is not always easy to find a complete weaving course anywhere.
Teaching others from the skills I have accumulated over the years is another facet of my interest in weaving. I have prepared programs and workshops for other weavers, guilds and study groups since the 1970's in topics such as color interaction, weaving more than one layer of cloth at the same time (double weave), crackle, tablet weaving, rigid heddle weaving, twills, drafting, etc. Most recently, I have taught at Haywood Community College in the continuing education program, for the Western North Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild and for Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists in Hendersonville. I now give private lessons.
I participate in the Southern Highland Guild craft shows and the Allenstand shop.