I am a handweaver. I own four vintage looms, each of which I restored. A small loom often travels to shows with me, and I will happily demonstrate at the Chautauqua Crafts Alliance show again this year.
All of my weaving is functional, including individually designed garments, scarves, shawls, and towels. I usually work with fine threads for softness and drape - rayon, silk, and cotton. For cooler weather I weave with rayon chenille and a few wools. Each year I offer new colors, weaving patterns, and garment designs.
I hand paint and dye some of my yarns. To do so, I prepare the warp threads for a given piece, lay them out, and paint on dyes along the length, curing and drying the warp before it goes on the loom. I often use multiple sections of hand painted yarns, sometimes in complementary colors, in the same piece. This adds labor, time, and skill, and further ensures the uniqueness of my work. My dyed weft yarns coordinate with the painted warp.