avalanchelooms

Hand woven textiles

172 Sales

avalanchelooms

Hand woven textiles

172 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(85)

Announcement   Welcome to Avalanche Looms on Etsy. Avalanche Looms is also my actual store and weaving workshop, open to the public, in a red building on our farm in Avalanche, WI.

I'm a hand weaver who makes small batches of weaves in series. No two pieces will be the same, yet all the pieces in a collection will be similar. I repeat my favorite designs and recombine them with new variations. When I've finished a warp, a new one goes on the loom, and I start a new set of pieces. The colors and designs change, as I weave off the new warp, and see where it takes me. This becomes a new collection of weaves, which I'll list for sale.

Lately I've been weaving scarfs, but I also make wash cloths and other small weaves. Tapes without Measure (measureless measuring tapes), table cloths, coverlets, cushions, pot mats, sacks, and paper weaves are things I weave.

My family heritage is Finnish and Swedish, and my weaving style reflects Scandinavian culture. I use the best weaving materials I can find. I prefer to weave linen, cotton and hemp yarns. Rag weave is also a favorite weave of mine.

My weaves are sold only in my farm store and weaving workshop here in Avalanche, and online in this etsy shop. No wholesale.

If my shop is empty, as it frequently is, it is because I weave slowly, and by myself. I announce my shop updates on Instagram - Avalanche Looms, along with pictures of scarfs I'm weaving before they are listed. (I do not accept custom orders or special requests).

Susan Johnson

Please visit my workshop:
http://avalanchelooms.blogspot.com/

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 1, 2016

Welcome to Avalanche Looms on Etsy. Avalanche Looms is also my actual store and weaving workshop, open to the public, in a red building on our farm in Avalanche, WI.

I'm a hand weaver who makes small batches of weaves in series. No two pieces will be the same, yet all the pieces in a collection will be similar. I repeat my favorite designs and recombine them with new variations. When I've finished a warp, a new one goes on the loom, and I start a new set of pieces. The colors and designs change, as I weave off the new warp, and see where it takes me. This becomes a new collection of weaves, which I'll list for sale.

Lately I've been weaving scarfs, but I also make wash cloths and other small weaves. Tapes without Measure (measureless measuring tapes), table cloths, coverlets, cushions, pot mats, sacks, and paper weaves are things I weave.

My family heritage is Finnish and Swedish, and my weaving style reflects Scandinavian culture. I use the best weaving materials I can find. I prefer to weave linen, cotton and hemp yarns. Rag weave is also a favorite weave of mine.

My weaves are sold only in my farm store and weaving workshop here in Avalanche, and online in this etsy shop. No wholesale.

If my shop is empty, as it frequently is, it is because I weave slowly, and by myself. I announce my shop updates on Instagram - Avalanche Looms, along with pictures of scarfs I'm weaving before they are listed. (I do not accept custom orders or special requests).

Susan Johnson

Please visit my workshop:
http://avalanchelooms.blogspot.com/

Susan Johnson

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(85)
knitter505

knitter505 on Feb 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Finally, a scarf for me. It's lovely. Thank you

knitter505

knitter505 on Feb 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I am so enjoying this bag. And it arrived quickly.

avocat17

avocat17 on Feb 9, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It is so beautiful, I am afraid to wear it! Susan communicated quickly with shipping information and it arrived in record time. I am very pleased to have a piece of her artwork. Now I just need to be brave enough to take it out of the house.

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About

Weaving in Avalanche

I live in Avalanche, Wisconsin, on our farm. My weaving workshop and small retail store are just across the creek from our house, in a red and white building. It's called Avalanche Looms, which is a little word play. In my workshop I weave on floor looms, including two antique Scandinavian style barn looms. I stock a small selection of books, toys, cards and gifts, as well as my own weaves. The style I look for in all my store merchandise is simple, practical, beautiful and sustainable design. It's a rustic life out here, and my store reflects that. I also like to stock materials and supplies for people who like to make their own things. I appreciate creativity in all forms, and encourage it.

I opened my Etsy store a few years ago. Alas, I'm a slow weaver, and my weaving sells out quickly.. I do weave steadily, though, and list regularly, even if my shop often looks empty. Since I love to style and photograph textiles, Etsy is a perfect place for me to show my weaves, and perfect for the limited size of my production.

My weaving is based on historic Scandinavian weave structures, plain weave ticking stripes, Rosepath, and Goose eye. Not so many generations back, a loom was part of daily life, and its production was necessary for clothing and household textiles. Many hours were spent at the loom, and not just for the pleasure of weaving. It was a chore. My family heritage is Swedish and Finnish. I like the simplest, most basic weaves, and natural yarns. My favorite yarns are linen, hemp, cotton and silk. Those yarns combine with each other in beautiful ways. Color is very important to create feeling in my weaving. Often I hand dye yarns to get the exact color I want to see. Textiles, especially, are meant to be touched and used. What I'm always trying to make is a functional, wearable textile that is also art. Sometimes I get lucky.

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  • Susan Johnson

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    weaving in Avalanche, Wisconsin

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Last updated on July 24, 2014
I've been weaving since 1981, in Avalanche, WI, but opened Avalanche Looms, my store and weaving workshop in 1996. I weave contemporary design household textiles, inspired by Scandinavian design. My weave designs are functional, contemporary, and I hope, beautiful. You can see more of my work at my store and workshop blog:
http:// avalanchelooms.blogspot.com
or on my website:
www.avalanchelooms.com

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I accept payment by PayPal at the time of your checkout. You can also pay by credit card through PayPal, even if you don't have a PayPal account.
Shipping
I will usually ship orders in 2-3 days after payment receipt, by USPS, priority in the US. Contact me for a price quote before your purchase, if you need a different shipping option.

International customers: Do you live outside the USA? I am happy to help you to order. Contact me by email, susan [!at] avalanchelooms.com with any questions I might
be able to help you with. Since most of my packages are sent through the United States Postal Service, I am sorry that I am unable to track them. Shipments can be delayed in customs for several weeks. In my own experience, sending packages
to Europe, Japan, Australia, and other countries outside the US, every one has arrived, eventually. If you would like to purchase shipping insurance, please email me, and I'll upgrade your shipping cost. I'm sorry that I can't be responsible to refund payment if goods are lost after I have shipped them.

International customers are responsible for customs fees, taxes and additional costs to shipping that may be assessed. Contact your local customs agency to find information.
Refunds and Exchanges
My hope is that you will be delighted with your purchase. If you aren't satisfied with it, please contact me within 2 weeks. I'll refund your purchase price less the cost of shipping, if the item is returned in its original condition.
Additional policies and FAQs
All of my work is original. Each piece is part of a series, which may be similar to other textiles I have made, but not the same. I do not accept commissions. My work is not available at wholesale.