The mechanics and equipment of weaving, spinning, and dyeing processes, types of botanical (natural) vs. chemical dyes and mordants, botanical vs. protein fibers.

  • Selecting dyed wools

    I prefer to use my own dyed and spun Shetland wools (sourced here in Delaware County, NY) when weaving tapestries.  Because of the variables of dye intensity and the natural slubbiness diameter of the wool as I handspin, I can achieve energy in the woven design.  To me, it is important to show off the …

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  • American Tapestry Alliance – May 2019 Theme: Sampling

    American Tapestry Alliance, through their Facebook “Let’s Talk About Tapestry” group,  periodically posts themes to generate conversation among its far flung members.  The theme for May 2019 is about sampling:  “Do you sample?  If so, why and how do you go about it? Here is my answer:  I have been learning how to weave Hebrew …

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  • In the Studio — AVL 16Harness Dobby Studio Loom

    At the loom, naturally colored alpaca yarns I handspun:  this will be used for a lap blanket, approximately 3’w x 6’l, and possibly fringed. In the mid-1970s, I attended SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City) as an evening student to learn as much as I could of harness weaving.  Then in 1980 I …

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