Laura Fry

Today’s post we have a lovely profile on the weaver Laura Fry! Laura Fry has been a professional weaver since 1975 and in 1997 received certification as one of Canada’s Master Weavers. She has written Magic in the Water which is a wonderful book about wet finishing your handwoven cloth. As she likes to say “it isn’t finished until it is wet finished!” Her book is a must have for book shelves and her woven work I just admire. What originally drew you to hand weaving? I was looking for work that held a component of creativity and found a job Continue Reading…

Tien Chiu

This blog is a little late because I was polishing up this very special entry for this week. It is snippet into the life and creative mind of a weaving artist that I am extremely fond of: Tien Chiu. She is an inspiration to me to push harder and think more critically about my own hand weaving. I sent her an email correspondence with a list of questions that I always want to know about weavers (or other textile artisans) that I read about, and she graciously sent me back some great insights into her work and what she is Continue Reading…

You Spin Me Right ‘Round

There is a deep satisfaction in making a product from start to finish. I fell in love with processing raw fleeces a few years ago when I was felting all the time. Though, I am still very passionate about felting, it takes a lot of space and time and I now have at least eight giant totes of nice clean fleeces that need to be used up. I learned to spin on a drop spindle a long time ago from the same woman who taught me how to felt. I enjoy spinning in this manner, but I am not very Continue Reading…

Top Five Inspiring Things for Your Eyes and Ears

I am part of a generation that has a very difficult time creating in absolute silence. Although I do enjoy the rhythmic beat of my loom as I work- I tend to lose focus and then the beat gets off and the pattern created has a glitch in it. When it requires true concentration I put on some music. But when I am doing a task that doesn’t require every single neuron to fire in my mind- I turn on a podcast or a video on my computer. I usually watch or listen to one or two and then my Continue Reading…

Review: Learning to Weave

Every weaver has their favorite set of books that they always have at the stand by to help answer questions or to just spark their imagination. One of the books that I learned to weave from is Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler. Tonight I’m going to share with you why I love it so much. Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler Interweave Press, 1995. When I first started weaving, or even getting interested in fiber design, my mother gave me this book. I really didn’t sit down and read it until a couple years ago because I was weaving, but Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: WeaveZine

Fridays are the time to rejuvenate, get excited, and start all the awesome things that the weekend allows you! The things that are inspiring me right now is getting stacked up for something awesome in the future. So, they will be in my back pocket for a while before I start letting you in my plans for fiber-awesomeness. So today, I will tell you about something that has been driving me to weave harder, faster, and with more passion. I love a good podcast. I have been listening to what seems to be the only podcast about weaving in iTunes: WeaveCast: Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: Stephanie Metz

So, this past week has been a little bit crazy. I have been focusing on getting product off the loom and setting up arrangements at work to get ready to move in a couple months. It has been stressful. So to alleviate some of this stress here is an artist who I love. Stephanie Metz She is a felt artist who resides in San Jose, California. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon. Her works focus on overly domesticated creatures, especially those whose form has overgrown their function. Her work has been featured in “500 Felt Objects” Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: Weave Color & Structure

The past few nights I have been staying up really late in photoshop, meticulously selecting colors from scanned images to create a digital color palette for Harrisville Designs yarn. I am working on developing patterns and colors for my Spring collection of scarves and shawls. So now I am in the research and and inspiration stage. I thought to share some of the images and textures that are going to inspire my next collection of weavings. I can’t wait to show you what kind of weave structures I have in mind that have spawned from these images.

Fiber Friday: Harris Tweed

Deep down, I think I want to be Scottish and live by the sea weaving away as the winds howl. Following in deep traditions and using wool only dyed from plants and lichens, blended together to create fabric that not only unites Scotland, but the love of tradition and fine craftsmanship. This Fiber Friday I would like to discuss Harris Tweed. The fabric woven in the Outer Hebrides is beautifully hand crafted and the processes of getting the cloth from the sheep to the final product is inspiring. I think my favorite part about this video is the blending of Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: Tumblr Inspiration

I missed Fiber Friday yesterday due to a weaving issue that had to be addressed. The past few days I have been making warp like mad and trying to get them on the loom so I can have enough product to sell! So for Fiber Friday I am going to post a bunch of links from some of my favorite tumblr pages. I am a very visual person so I enjoy looking at amazing historical and contemporary works of textiles to get my creative noggin jumpstarted, so here are a few of my favorite “jump starters” The Textile Museum The Continue Reading…