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Born and raised in France, I am a third generation weaver and designer, a grand-uncle and my mother having preceded me in this trade.
When I was 14 years old, I started training with Danielle Pipault, a member of the weaving studio “Les Ateliers Plasse – Le Caisne”.
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atelier_Plasse_Le_Caisne. I learned weaving from her but never got into tapestry as they did at Les Ateliers Plasse – Le Caisne.

In 1979, my husband was offered a teaching position at a university in Iowa, and we left France with our first born. Two more children were born in the US and for the next 14 years, I devoted my life to raising my family.
In 1993, my mother joined us in Iowa. Our three jack looms were shipped over to the US and together we reopened the studio. The oldest loom is dated 1832 and comes from an abandoned mountain cabin up in the French…

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  • Born on October 23
  • Joined October 10, 2009

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About

Born and raised in France, I am a third generation weaver and designer, a grand-uncle and my mother having preceded me in this trade.
When I was 14 years old, I started training with Danielle Pipault, a member of the weaving studio “Les Ateliers Plasse – Le Caisne”.
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atelier_Plasse_Le_Caisne. I learned weaving from her but never got into tapestry as they did at Les Ateliers Plasse – Le Caisne.

In 1979, my husband was offered a teaching position at a university in Iowa, and we left France with our first born. Two more children were born in the US and for the next 14 years, I devoted my life to raising my family.
In 1993, my mother joined us in Iowa. Our three jack looms were shipped over to the US and together we reopened the studio. The oldest loom is dated 1832 and comes from an abandoned mountain cabin up in the French Pyrenees. One comes from a French school and finally the biggest loom was built of hard wood by my father. All three looms are equipped with flying shuttles.

Now I works alone.
I designs and weave bedspreads, blankets, curtains, throws, pillows, fine house linens (up to 45 threads per inch), baby items, clothing fabrics and accessories such as purses, stoles, scarves and belts.

I am committed to successfully blend the tradition of fine French hand weaving into exclusive artistic creations to suit the taste of the most discriminative modern customer.

To weave my creations, I use the finest fiber. It usually comes from the US, Switzerland, France or Canada.

To see me getting a warp ready and putting it on the loom, visit my blog: http://mariehelenenow.com/2011/07/165/

For explanations in French, visit my other store
http://fr.dawanda.com/shop/mariehelenecreations

I am part of the Etsy Weavers Team: http://www.etsy.com/teams/7451/etsy-weavers

and the Iowa Etsy group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IowaEtsy/

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