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Janice Zindel, Shuttle Works Studio - Conover, Wisconsin, USA, shibori indigo weaver

Janice Zindel, Shuttle Works Studio – Conover, Wisconsin, USA


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I am a handweaver living and working in my rustic log home on Torch Lake in the Wisconsin northwoods.   My neighbors are loons, eagles, deer, black bears, and the chickadees outside my window.   On summer evenings, the whippoorwill sings and coyotes yip nearby.

My studio includes six traditional Swedish Glimakra looms, including a standard countermarche loom, a single unit drawloom, two tapestry looms, a table loom, and a band loom.  I weave with quality natural fiber threads – cotton, cottolin, linen, silk, and wool.

For the past three years I have worked exclusively with the woven shibori technique and enjoy creating unique, one-of-a-kind handwovens, using fine threads, which are then indigo dyed and finished by hand.  I also weave textiles for the home, inspired by my Norwegian heritage.

My first weaving was making potholders as a child, using the red, metal loom and loopers.  In 1979, I visited The Looms in Mineral Point, WI, and two years later began taking weaving classes from the late Ken Colwell, revered weaver and expert on complex weaving.  I returned for several years taking one or two classes each summer.

In 2012 I travelled to VavStuga Weaving School, Shelburne Falls, MA, for a one week Basic Weaving class to learn traditional Swedish weaving techniques.  Two years later I returned to take a Basic Drawloom class.

I am a member of Complex Weavers, Handweavers Guild of America, Midwest Weavers Association, Surface Design Association, American Tapestry Association, and Lake Country Weavers Guild.



My passion is creating beautiful handwovens, both wearables and functional pieces for the home, using all natural fibers.  I enjoy exploring design, color, weave structures and techniques, from simple to complex, and the possibilities they hold.

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    Hello, in the late 1980’s I was gifted a loom that belonged to the late Ken Colwell from his brother, my good friend Russ Colwell. I would appreciate any input you have regarding this table top loom which Russ told me was one of Ken’s first. It has JL Hammett Co on it & the shuttle as well. I could forward photos as well. With sincere appreciation, Mindy Ladwig

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