The beautiful Blue Ridge is a wonderful place to call home. My earliest memories are of visiting with my grandparents in the mountains. Grandma kept me busy with sewing and other needle crafts. Grandpa took me fishing when the weather was good. When the weather was bad, we’d make things out of wood scraps, down in the cellar.
Making things with my hands, functional or decorative, has been an essential element of professional career and life outside of work. In the natural surroundings of our mountains, I find inspiration, purpose and peace in nature.
My weavings are very basic in technique, composition and color The process and finished product is a combination of weaving, embroidery and appliqué . They are woven on a small homemade frame loom with no moving parts. I’ve made my own stick shuttles, needles and beater.
I purchase raw fleece of various sheep breeds and colors, preferring wool with long silky fibers. The wool is hand washed, carded, spun and dyed if appropriate. I’m fairly new to spinning and love the process. It’s a happy place to be. I’ve realized that I can sometimes use underspun or overspun wool to an advantage for texture and depth.