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 – mostly 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 and weaving patterns. I now hand-paint 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. This year I began creating simple garments with my handwoven fabric, again adding new dimensions to my work.