|my weaving corner|
|a vintage mini loom and a Leclerc rigid heddle loom|
My intrigue with fiber arts goes back 30 years. When I was ten, I learned how to knit from my aunt- thereby making the longest scarf known to mankind. At this time, I also enrolled in a weaving class and a family friend introduced me to hand quilting.
As an adult, I've had to relearn some of these skills. And it wasn't until I purchased a vintage loom in 2012 that I picked up weaving again. Like quilting or knitting, weaving is very meditative. It's a great balance to my painting process because it's repetitive and much more tactile. I love working with texture and color, and weaving has become for me another outlet for creative experimentation and discovery.
When I started making handwoven wall hangings, I wasn't expecting weaving to become such a fad. The boho chic movement has definitely helped the weaving craze. And fiber artists are getting wide exposure as retailers, like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, are carrying handwoven wall hangings and weaving kits.
The attention has been well deserved for many weavers. I have been following a few of them for awhile now and have loved seeing their unique styles evolve. Here are some of my favorites.
|All Roads // Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty|
|Native Line // Justine Ashbee|
|Brook&Lyn // Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz|
|New Friends // Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski|
As for my own collection, I am currently selling some weavings on the newly launched Hunters Alley, a sister site to One Kings Lane. My handwoven wall hangings are also available in my Big Cartel shop, and, this week, I'm running a 20% off sale thru Feb. 15th. Just enter promo code MADEWITHLOVE at checkout.