What do you want to hear?

I’m a talker. I like to share what I know and ask questions about what I don’t know. I love to share things that I have made and also to share things that I find inspiring. So with that in mind- what do you want to hear?! We are looking forward to creating some cool little videos on things that we are excited about. Are you curious about a certain historical textile? Do you want to know how to do a certain technique? Are there certain yarns that you were afraid to try? Or do you just want to learn cool 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…

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…

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…

Finding Inspiration

It is no longer winter time and I now live in an area where I am a hop, skip and a jump away from the Adirondacks. As I have been exploring outside I’ve been bringing my camera along to take pictures to document the trip but also to find interesting colors, textures, and proportions that I could use in future woven products. Here is a little post to explain what I look for, and some awesome ideas that I have. Inspiration can be found everywhere. I am very happy that I have a phone with a good camera on it Continue Reading…

Mistakes Leading to Bright Ideas

My blankets are woven and being washed. Because of their size and my limitations in space, I have to wash the blankets one at a time in my bathtub and hang it over the shower curtain rod. To eliminate having a completed flooded bathroom floor from the dripping water I first roll the blankets in a towel to soak up the excess water. The first two blankets I washed in this manner worked out well. Although the blankets did shrink up more then I had expected, they are still beautiful. The third blanket I picked up from the tub and Continue Reading…

1000 Artisan Textiles: Contemporary Fiber Art, Quilts, and Wearables

I have a weak spot for books that have beautiful images of textile art and techniques. I saw this at the 2010 Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival and I HAD to have it. Then soon afterwards, I received a second copy of it in the mail from my Dad as a birthday present. So I have two glorious copies, one that I can photocopy and scan for mood boards, and the other with a perfectly intact binding that I can showcase. This book was written and compiled by two sisters who wanted to showcase the wonderful talents of textile artisans Continue Reading…