Detroit Urban Craft Fair is this weekend

It’s finally here, December! The time for in-person craft fairs! Since the in-person part of Tiny Expo has been cancelled this year, my only live show will be this coming weekend in Detroit. Handmade Detroit puts on the Detroit Urban Craft Fair and I’ve participated for five-ish years. The event is held at the illustrious…

Alpaca Silk Shawls at Ann Arbor Art Center

Just a quick note to say, I’ve got some woven goods at the Ann Arbor Art Center! The Art Center has a holiday shop this year with work from different artists than they normally carry. I’m super proud to have my two alpaca silk shawls and one bamboo scarf in this beautiful artsy shop for…

Preparing for Craft Fairs and the gift of relaxing

This week I’ve got a whole bunch of sewing to do. Washcloths, towels and (trumpet noise) eye pillows are back! I’ve been slowly gathering bits and pieces of cloth, extra fabric from scarf warps, washcloth/towel ends, colorways that didn’t work the way I wanted, and samples for future projects. All these scraps end up in…

New Work and a New Logo

A little while ago I took a break from my normal weaving routine to weave something a little different. One of the things I love about weaving is planning and creating intricate woven patterns on cloth goods with my loom. But this focus on pattern can often mean that I’ve made all the creative decisions…

New Work: Lace Bamboo Shawls

I have always loved purple. If you ask me, I’ll say it’s my favorite color. One of the things I like is purple’s inconsistency. It covers a spectrum of shades from warm to cool that is unlike almost any other color. The warm dusky-mauve at the end of a pink sunset can be one type…

New Work: Hanging Garden Day and Night Scarves

Two new scarves this week: These two scarves were made on the same warp, a blue and teal gradient, with a black weft and a white one. They are the last scarves of this season with the “gothic cross” pattern. The light and dark diamonds over the gradient of greens and blues reminds me of…

Watercolor Wash Scarf – New Work

When I was a kid I remember getting a set of watercolor paints and a notebook filled with nice watercolor paper for Christmas. I was old enough to take the materials a little seriously and I remember watching in fascination as the color from my brush would spread out over the wet surface, until it…

Silver Shield Scarf – New Work

I think sometimes in the cold months I add my outer layers like pieces of armor against the invading force of cold. And sometimes I pick beautiful scarves like I’m picking a defense against melancholy. Like the beauty of my clothing will keep the dreary feelings away from my thinnest skin, just like my wind-proof…

Purple Dragon Scarf – New Work

New work: A two-sided bamboo scarf in teal and purple yarn. This type of woven pattern is called an unbalanced twill because the warp shows mostly on one side of the cloth and the weft shows mostly on the other side. (Warp is the yarn that I thread into the loom, and weft is the…

Gemstone Scarf – New Work

New work: A bamboo scarf in purple and teal yarn, woven in a Swiss Twill pattern. The Swiss Twill pattern is made up of small diamond-shapes that group together to make larger diamonds across the cloth. As I wove on this warp, the shimmering diamonds seem to shift up and down. This effect made my…