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…

Italian Hemstitch

I love little tricks in weaving, especially if they help me to avoid tying knots for fringe. I don’t know, but I would much rather take the time weaving in ends and perfecting the surface of the cloth, not tying knots. The Italian Hemstitch is one of the solutions that I have learned to create a beautiful hem without worrying about the fabric unravelling and also avoiding tying knots. Here is how to do it! Before you start you want to figure out what kind of shape you would like the final “knot” to have. Each portion of the “knots” 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…

Overshot – Foundation Motifs

Overshot is like a Pandora’s Box. You just open it up, just a little bit to try to get the basic understanding and all of a sudden you are waist deep in antique patterns, new vocabulary words and the desire to know EVERYTHING. We are going to break down the wide world of overshot into smaller bite sized knowledge nuggets. This is so you can build your knowledge of this amazingly in depth and diverse structure and be successful in creating and weaving your own. ** Before I go any further, I want to mention that, unless otherwise specified, all 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…