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Rhinebeck 2015

This is the fourth year that I have attended the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York. I used to scour fiber festivals for that perfect fleece for felting, or those new knitting yarns- but now I go to see what colors are trending, what people are knitting and creating, and also what finished goods are selling. This year I took note of a couple things: I met Syne Mitchell. For those who don’t know, she is the woman who created WeaveCast- the best weaving podcast that I have heard in a long time (possibly the Continue Reading…

Busting the Yarn Stash

Eric recently built me new bookshelves to store my yarn and my books on in my studio. They are amazing! The shelves themselves are adjustable in height so I can accommodate for those extra tall cones and those short little ones too. They are deep, and I can finally fit all of my cones of yarn in one place. After getting all of my yarn in one spot- it came to my attention that I have two very specific categories: Odds and Ends Designated Projects The odds and ends are either leftover cones from larger projects that I had done Continue Reading…

Weaving as Meditation

Sometimes, the weaving process can be very stressful. It will make me frustrated and angry, and doubt myself as a designer and craftsperson. Part of this stems from my anxiety disorder- but a lot of it comes from me wanting to improve and make great product that people will want to have in their lives. Other times, I have woven things that have just helped me unwind after a stressful day. These are the times I focus on my breathing, my rhythm and the advancement of the woven web. These are the times of my meditation. Many people will state Continue Reading…

Sectional Warping

Moment of truth: Sectional Warping scares the living daylights out of me. It is not because it isn’t a great method of warping- it is! It is because it is totally mystifying to me at this point in my career. I have a great little pamphlet called “Sectional Warping Made Easy” and it is a lovely little step by step about how to wind on a sectional beam. There are some key things that it misses- like how to treat the ends when they are cut to make it easier to thread. It is also a little bit dated so Continue Reading…

Projects Designed to Learn Your Loom

My previous post I updated everyone on what I was accomplishing during my time of silence. I briefly touched on my latest project off of my new AVL loom. Today, I wanted to explain a little bit more in-depth in regards to the type of project that I made and why I decided on this particular project. One of my primary products to weave are blankets. On my Kyra loom I was able to produce throw sized blankets (48″ x 72″) without having to create panels or utilize a double weave. I also primarily use wool as my fiber medium. Continue Reading…

New Beginnings & New Tools

It has been a while, hasn’t it? A few things to bring everyone up to speed: I have still been weaving. I over estimated the amount of free time I would have in order to write the blog, run the business, and to weave essentially full time on top of my retail gig. I had to pare everything down to two things: My full time job and my part time weaving for a local fiber processor/spinnery. I have not stopped designing. If you follow my Instagram feed (@comfortcloth) I am posting little tastes of the work I have planned for Continue Reading…

The Balancing Act

I have two jobs. One is my dream job- creating handwoven products for others and for my loved ones. I love to be at my loom creating, designing, and being the one who creates. My other job? I am a store manager at a lifestyle and clothing retail store. It is demanding and challenging. I like it a lot because it makes me think critically everyday on how to talk to potential customers, employees and how to grow within a company. I love this job, because I get to be myself, and I also have the opportunity to learn. The Continue Reading…

The Design Process

Before the holiday break I wrote a post about developing ideas for weaving. Today I would like to talk about taking those ideas and translating them into actual draft designs. I let the term “geological nomad” settle with me for a while. I then began to play in my software with some different color combinations and different weave structures. I have become infatuated with deflected double weave. The idea of using floats to create one pattern and the color to create another. Someone who was a huge influence for me into getting interested with this structure was Margo Selby. She Continue Reading…

How I became a Weaver

I often get asked “how did you become a weaver?” This conversation usually is a long and wonderful story. However, I do not really get a chance to tell the whole story due to situational circumstances (ie. talking in the elevator with a box full of weavings). So, here, on this blog, is the full story! (It is long, but each part is important to know) My family tree is full of people who use their hands to create. My paternal grandfather always kept his hands busy. He created bird houses, flies for fishing, and in his younger years built Continue Reading…

2014: Taking my Weaving to the Next Step

This past year (2013) was an adventurous one for me: I moved from Western New York to the Southern Adirondacks. I finally set up my weaving business. And within a few months, got connected to a local mill and I have been weaving throws for farmers in my community. I received an amazing gift of an AVL loom. I went to the New England Weavers Seminar and met one of my weaving idols, Margo Selby. I made great connections and friends at a small business class. I was offered the opportunity to teach weaving at the Adirondack Folk School, and Continue Reading…