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A Quick Update

As many of you know, we make the bulk of our living at fine craft shows, along with some wholesale work for farms, and the fashion, accessory, and home good industries. Since the Stay at home order hit here in New York State we have been radio silent while we try to figure out what to do next, as you can imagine it is a giant pivot for us, but luckily we are young, scrappy, and persistent. We have been working on many initiatives to shore up our business during these uncertain times and want to let you know that we Continue Reading…

Master Your Craft Book Review

This is not a self help book. Nor does it claim to be. And I loved it for that very reason. Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work by Tien Chiu does exactly what the title states, it gives you strategies. I am the kind of student who likes loose guidelines to work within. Give me a general idea of what I should work towards, and I will work very hard to get there. I even stated in my Instagram post about this book that I wished I had this when I was in college. Most Continue Reading…

One Year In

Last weekend was a pretty surreal moment in my career. I was an exhibitor at the 2019 American Craft Show in Baltimore, MD. I would not have reached this point if it were not for a few major changes in my life.  In 2016 someone very close to me who was major supporter of everything I did in my life unexpectedly passed away. It was really sudden and it rocked our world. It made my husband and I completely reevaluate how we were living our lives. We both realized that we needed to make more time for doing what we were Continue Reading…

8 Harness Profile Drafting & Tie Up

I recently received an email from a weaver named Cindy, in regards to profile drafting and tie ups. She was curious about the ability to use 8 harnesses with a 4 block profile draft. And furthermore, how do weavers know which harnesses to assign for the tie up from a profile draft? Her questions were geared towards the particular structure M’s and O’s- so that is the structure I will be using to explain. According to The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon, M’s and O’s have two distinct block types: tabby and texture. The texture is a loose weft Continue Reading…

On the Loom

Sometimes, life gets a little too busy. When this happens, I like to take a step back and look at what I have been working on. Often I am so focused on what is happening right in front of me that I forget all of the work I have done. So today I’m going to share some of the work I have been making, designing, and sending out to the world. If you follow my Instagram account (@comfortcloth) you can also see some other behind the scenes footage of my work on the loom. In the spring I had been Continue Reading…

Chunky Yarn Obsession

Back in 2015, I did a yarn review on the Rios line of yarn for Malabrigo, you can check out the video here. What I did not mention is that Malabrigo has an incredible selection of all different sizes and colors. I became mildly obsessed with their Rasta yarn. The description from the Malabrigo website describes the yarn as “a lightly-fulled single-ply yarn of magnum proportions!” And they were not kidding. This yarn is crazy squishy, beautiful, and very bold. I decided that it would best be used in some chunky throws. I was only going to do a few, Continue Reading…