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…

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…

Developing Designs

My life is incredibly hectic right now.  I’m not going to lie and say that I have been able to balance everything perfectly and find time to design. My design has been all over the board and without focus. So instead of staring blankly at the screen not knowing where to start, I have decided to share with you my process from the very beginning. The very raw and blank beginning. When I am looking for inspiration I tend to look towards fashion trend websites. The reason I do this that I can see palettes of colors in conjunction of Continue Reading…

Weaving in Small Spaces

I would love to have a giant studio space with big windows, long tables to lay out my weavings and ample space to walk around my loom. However, at this stage in my weaving career and personal life, I can only afford to have my loom in my living room. And since we have moved from Western New York to where we are now- that living room space is approximately 50% of the apartment (my husband is so gracious). Apartment dwelling does not have to quell your weaving endeavors. I am weaving large blankets on my 53″ loom and I Continue Reading…

Instagram and the Weaver

I’ve tried a lot of different social media avenues with my weaving work. I have a Facebook for Comfort Cloth, I have a Twitter account and I have Instagram. Let me start by saying I hated Instagram because I felt like it was disconnecting people from the real world. “Oh we have climbed all the way to the top of this mountain- hold on a minute while I Instagram it!” Not my idea of enjoying the moments of your life. However, I am finding that I am using Instagram a lot, especially for my weaving endeavors. Here is why: You can Continue Reading…

16 hours, 400 miles, 2 states, 1 van, 1 loom.

Yesterday Eric and I had an adventure. Our adventure concluded with me sitting at my new AVL, 16 harness, A-Series, Compu-Dobby Loom. Eric and I picked up the loom from Pam Engberg, weaver and teacher at FireWatch Weaver’s in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Pam and I met through the online forum weavolution. For those who do not know, weavolution is a digital community for weavers to meet, share ideas and projects and to problem solve issues they have while working. It is an excellent resource to connect to weavers around the world. Pam and I met over a discussion on articles she Continue Reading…