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I have been in love with color since my first box of crayons and I fell in love with weaving in the 70s when I watched a girl weaving (barefoot, of course!) in the back of a store in Brattleboro, VT. Here was not just color but dance as well! By the early 90s I had my first loom and there was no looking back. Looms have a way of multiplying and taking over the house and now I have five (we won't count the one in the barn). I am always amazed seeing them warped and vibrant with potential. Colors live in my living room and cones of thread fill my bookcases. I dye my threads on a big plywood table upstairs in one of my workrooms (did I mention that I have taken over the entire house?) and my clothes line is often draped with skeins of freshly dyed thread. I do my designing on my warping mill and my work now is mostly warp driven which just means that I want the warp to show more than the weft (or weaving)…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 9
  • Joined January 28, 2009

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Rayon, cotton, chenille, silk, tencel, bamboo

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I have been in love with color since my first box of crayons and I fell in love with weaving in the 70s when I watched a girl weaving (barefoot, of course!) in the back of a store in Brattleboro, VT. Here was not just color but dance as well! By the early 90s I had my first loom and there was no looking back. Looms have a way of multiplying and taking over the house and now I have five (we won't count the one in the barn). I am always amazed seeing them warped and vibrant with potential. Colors live in my living room and cones of thread fill my bookcases. I dye my threads on a big plywood table upstairs in one of my workrooms (did I mention that I have taken over the entire house?) and my clothes line is often draped with skeins of freshly dyed thread. I do my designing on my warping mill and my work now is mostly warp driven which just means that I want the warp to show more than the weft (or weaving).

I started adding more texture to my weaving some years ago as well inspired in part by knitting yarns that have flags and tufts and wraps and shiny bits and skinny and fat parts.

So, I overproduce. And I have three grown sons who really don't wear my creations aside from a very plain chenille scarf or two. I live on an old farm with my two horses, three cats, two small dogs, and a very supportive husband. We heat with wood, snuggle down in the winter up here in the North Country, and I am content.

Thank you Jessica Ricco for my banner photograph of scarf fringe and my avatar picture! And a huge thank you to Katie Corbine, my model and horseback riding buddy, for being willing to come over whenever the sun shines so I can photograph! I totally miss you since you moved to Texas!

Update: In December 2009 I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In January 2010, I had the Whipple procedure and then went through chemo until September 2010. The cancer was stage II and didn't involve the lymph nodes or surrounding organs. I am hopeful. My latest CT scan showed no recurrence of the cancer August 2012. My happy dance continues.

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