I started weaving in 1996 and haven’t looked back! I am primarily self taught but have met some wonderful mentors along the way. Weaving is truly my ‘happy’ place.
I like to weave with fine cottons, silks and silk blends, linen, tencel, and bamboo. I enjoy watching elaborate twills and other patterns grow as I throw the shuttle. I’m not a production weaver, but rather a weaver of short limited runs of what ever interests me. I place a great deal of emphasis on quality over quantity.
I like to produce scarves, shawls and fine linens that are well crafted and presented. That includes hemstitching, hand hemming, twisted fringes by hand and also hand beading on some scarves and shawls.
I have three main floor looms; two are totally manually operated. I’m in full control of all actions of the shuttle and treadle. They are both countermarche looms with twelve shafts and many treadles.
My third loom is a ‘new to me’ Louet Megado compu-dobby loom with sixteen shafts and only one treadle. I still throw the shuttle but the computer does the thinking! (based on the program I told it to run).
I weave most days in my studio and also keep a weaving blog “Thrums” up to date with photographs and details of the latest finished project. My blog also serves as an on line tutorial for newer weavers.
Most of my projects end up for sale on my Etsy shop Thrums Textiles. Customers enjoy being able to see the process of weaving their new scarf or shawl at the blog.
My studio is in my private home and visits would be by prior arrangement only.
To produce unique elegant textiles, beautifully crafted and finished by hand. Textiles that make me proud, and you feel special.