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… “Ah, the palette is cleared”

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… “THE MANY SHADES OF PEACE”

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.

There … Continue Reading… “Five Reasons Why I Love “Almost Ikat””

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

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… “Surprise!”

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 … Continue Reading… “Quiet Celebration”
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… “Christmas Wrapping”

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

Continue Reading… “More Finding the Colors Within”
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… “Joining the Big Commission”

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… “Big Commission Takes a Holiday”

Also posted in Big Commission, Recycled Cashmere, Saori