Category Archives: Techniques

Ah, the palette is cleared

I have to say that after all these years, these moments remain some of my favorite.

In case you haven’t been following, this is my own horoscope woven in 8/2 Tencel. I love to experiment with weft colors and ended up using a variegated Tencel that gives and added dimension. … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Color Horoscope Weaving, Fiber


An assemblage of wrappings spelling out the word PEACE in English, Salish, and Tibetan. WEAVING PEACE is an ongoing project I will be doing in August at the Hangin Art Gallery and Coffee House in Arlee. Anyone who can make it to Hangin … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Intentional Design, Talking Threads, Teaching

Five Reasons Why I Love “Almost Ikat”

I finally found the perfect name for creating ikat-like effects using commercial space-dyed yarn–ALMOST IKAT.

If you love ikat, but don’t like or don’t have the space to dye yarn, here is a good solution.

It is so much fun to weave because the design unfolds before your eyes.

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Also posted in Almost Ikat, Teaching, Workshops

How Many Golden Orb-Weaving Spiders Does it Take to Weave and 11 by 4 Foot Tapestry?

Answer: One Million!
How long did it take? 4 years
How many people worked on it? 80 (I think those were just the number of people it took to collect the spider silk!)

Back in October, I got a real weaving treat. I went to the Natural History Museum in … Continue Reading…

Also posted in On the Road, Other's Efforts


I’ll bet you thought I didn’t have it in me (grin). A fellow, who brought me 30 cashmere sweaters over the past year, requested a herringbone scarf. I had to talk him into making the warp a slightly different shade than the weft. I used Bambu 7 … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Commissions, Recycled Cashmere

Quiet Celebration

I received one of Syne Mitchell’s temari balls! I was so excited because each morning I chant my mantra “No New Crafts- No New Crafts” I thought I would never have one if I didn’t make it myself. I did break down and make the object above, however. A friend
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Also posted in Color Horoscope Weaving, Recycled Cashmere

Christmas Wrapping

I didn’t feel like weaving but rather to watch It’s a Wonderful Life for the umpteenth time, but what to do with my hands. I have several warps in mind for the upcoming year, so I thought it might been fun to do some wrapping. For scale, the widest are … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Woven Words

More Finding the Colors Within


Several years ago I taught the workshop FINDING THE COLORS WITHIN. I asked for a scanned copy of each students’ woven collages. There were 64 woven collages, each one measuring 4″ x 4″. They actually were 4″ x 5″, but I

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Also posted in Ideas, Other's Efforts, Teaching

Joining the Big Commission

Remember the Big Commission? I just went back to find the date I began this project–February 2, 2007. Some things take longer to complete than other things.

The only parameters I received from the client was to weave a blanket 90″x100″ with a bamboo warp and recycled cashmere sweater … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Big Commission, Recycled Cashmere

Big Commission Takes a Holiday

It seems like a million years ago I started collecting cashmere sweaters to un-knit and use the yarn as weft to make a blanket. After I had collected 4 or 5 sweaters and took them apart, I put the skeins of yarn in my cedar chest and continued on my … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Big Commission, Recycled Cashmere, Saori