I have always loved to weave. In the variety of places I grew up some kind of weaving was always a joyful part of my life. As a young child living in Canada I wove on a home made “loom” made with nails in a board. Then while living in Kansas as a child, my friends and I wove on “potholder” looms and sold potholders door to door. When I was ten and living in Pennsylvania I was taught by a Quaker woman, originally from Germany, how to weave my first rug. Later, as a young teenager, I was living in Canterbury, New Hampshire where I learned more about weaving from our neighbors who ran a small private school where the “arts” were emphasized.
At age sixteen we were living in a Quaker community in the remote mountains of British Columbia where I first learned, from my best friend’s eighty-year-old grandmother, how to set up and weave on a large floor loom. Throughout the years my interest and training continued – a weaving class in college in California, a few weeks one summer in Canada with the weaver/author Stan Zielinski, a course with the rug weaver/author Peter Collingwood and a summer’s apprenticeship with South Acworth, New Hampshire weaver Mary Bishop.
I joined the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in 1972 weaving mostly hats, scarves and shawls. After a few years break raising children and teaching them how to weave, I rejoined the League weaving rugs and pillows. For thirteen years I had a booth at the Sunapee Fair in New Hampshire and at some other eastern state's craft fairs. I then took a break from going to fairs for a few years while pursing other interests, though still weaving some. I came back with a new interest in dyeing my wool yarn with natural dyes, with which my rugs and pillows are now woven. The wonderful colors I can get using natural dyes is exciting to me and I am glad they have a lesser impact on the environment.
I enjoy experimenting with color and design, making one of kind rugs. I find the Norwegian krokbragd (crooked path) technique used in my rugs especially enables me to do this. I like using weaving as a form of art with which I can produce sturdy, useful products.
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