I always find my way back to the loom.....

My love of handcrafting started as a youngster learning to knit, crochet, and sew. My introduction to fiber arts happened when I saw a woman at our county fair spinning straight off an angora rabbit. I was hooked!

The magic of the inkle loom started for me over 14 years ago when my husband and I were on a farm and fiber tour in upstate New York. I saw this nifty, but odd looking contraption sitting on a shelf. I mentioned something to my husband about how interesting it was, and the leapt back inside the shop to buy if for me (thank you).

After many years of fiddling on it, testing different yarns and patterns, I became serious about learning various techniques.

If I had to say I had a specialty, it would be the patterns that fall under the "pick-up" methods. I absolutely love them and watch the magic of the pattern emerge. They take longer to make, but well worth the effort.

Thru the years, I always come back to my inkle loom as my favorite choice in weaving equipment. I also weave on an upright Navajo loom, backstrap, rug loom, rigid heddle loom and cactus mini loom.

Here I would like to share the handwoven items I have made. Each piece is made with love and gives me much needed relaxation!

December 2013

All the above is true, but I feel like I've left something out. Partly I struggle with keeping my family issues private. But those issues are topics that we will all come across in our lives someday. They also govern my days, and the balance that I walk. Here is the bio that's in my head:

Hey there folks!

After a long hiatus from blogging (the old blog has been retired) and internet networking I think I may slowly be coming back. In thinking about what I wanted to write on my about page, I was at a complete loss. I don't know where my blog should "fit", let alone labeling myself. Instead, I am just going to let things be and see how it goes.

Someone recently asked me what I wanted (in life). I answered that I didn't know. After five years of hard-core care-giving I realized I lost my way. After much thought (that's still evolving) I'm on a path back to connecting as best I can on every level. A large part of that circles around my creativity. Creating had always been what kept me sane. I think that is where I will start here, and hope you will enjoy the updates.

I am not revolutionary in anything that I make. I make to feel the rhythm of the work, finding great solace. Right now (and this changes) I keep coming back to a few creative endeavors that resonate strongly: weaving, knitting, leather-work, and beads. Weaving has held my attention for some time now.

Maybe someday I will get my etsy shop up and running regularly, do a few craft fairs, start my massage therapy practice again, but for now my days circle around the needs of Down Syndrome, Autism, and Alzheimer's/Dementia. I work everyday to walk and move with grace, and I am truly thankful for what others may consider small accomplishments.

Lastly, I want to thank those of you, my family and friends, friends that are family, people that pass thru my life, in person, on blogs, at IG and/or FB, crafters at etsy and ravelry, filling and nurturing my sight, my heart and soul with your beautiful work and/or words.

That is my truth for now!


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