portfolio of creations - to inspire you in designing your custom piece
I especially enjoy weaving shawls, particularly ponchos and ruanas (which are like ponchos but open all down the front rather than just a neckhole opening). Wool shawls are wonderful and very functional year-round, as I've learned from personal experience. Having a shawl is always having a blanket or pillow, and a warm layer that is not too warm or too bulky for a cool summer evening. They're easy to put on and a pleasure to wear. They are stunning to behold.
I have also woven skirts, including the belted wrap skirt shown. Loom-shaped clothing (rectangles that go together with no cutting of the fabric) are my preference, hence the wrap style of skirt, which is very comfortable and a pleasure to wear. The wrap skirt sewn of boughten organic cotton fabric (or other natural fiber like silk, linen, or hemp) and dyed a beautiful natural color is a favorite creation of mine that will eventually be a regular offering (can be custom ordered at this time.) You can see an example of organic cotton wrap skirts dyed brilliant golden yellow from onion skins on the natural dyes and natural fibers page.
These are just a few of my creations. Look for more portfolio photos to come as I collect photos of my many works that are out and about on the earth, including quite a few more ponchos, ruanas, and smaller shawls!
Multi-Color Infinity Wrap
- This colorful poncho was inspired by teaching three friends to weave in December & January. It brought me back to the sampler idea, so this poncho includes basket weave, rib weave, and twill variations. Thanks Sheida, Jordan & Julia for your desire to learn to weave and this inspiration that came to me as a result!!!
- I wove the majority of this poncho on the new moon of January, and it was completed as the Year of the Horse began. I see saddle blanket and have visions of someone riding horseback in this poncho! If I only had a horse, I would have photographed this vision....
- The warp is 100% undyed wool from Lambs' Quarters Farm in Wisconsin, consisting of Merino-cross and Corriedale wool. The weft includes more Lambs' Quarters wool, some 100% Bird Hollow wool dyed with cochineal and indigo to create deep purple and deep reds, some 100% Jacob sheep wool dyed with homegrown japanese indigo from Hill & Hollow Farm in Kentucky, and some 78% Bird Hollow wool/12% local alpaca/10% hemp dyed with cochineal (light pink) and logw4ood (light purple)
- approximately 45" wide by 56" long, not including fringe.
- poncho woven in one piece with a vertical slit as neck opening, arrow tacks reinforce both ends of slit
- 45" wide x 56" long (28" from shoulder down) not including fringe
- 4 rosewood heart buttons by Wooly Moss Roots
- This sweet heart and soul-warming popover poncho was woven using natural dyes and natural fibers, with colors and visions to warm up the long winter days and add glowing color to the beautiful bright snowy landscape of life. It is the first of three woven on the same warp. It is modeled with shoulder fringe to the outside.
- The warp is 100% undyed wool from Lambs' Quarters Farm in Wisconsin, consisting of Merino-cross and Corriedale wool.
- The weft includes more Lambs' Quarters wool, some 100% Bird Hollow wool dyed with cochineal and indigo to create deep reds, and some 78% Bird Hollow wool/12% local alpaca/10% hemp dyed with cochineal (light pink) , madder (orange), marigolds (golden yellow)
- poncho woven in two square pieces and sewn up two sides
- reversible front to back and inside to outside (if you don't feel like having fringe down your shoulders)
- This warm woolen cloak was assembled just in time for a late March snow photo shoot, surely the finale of winter. Although this cloak has it's debut at winter's end, this dense, sturdy piece will keep you warm for many, many winters to come.
- It was all woven on one warp: the back is one piece, two pieces make up the front panels, and the two pockets and hood were woven side by side with 3 shuttles, so that each piece was separate without having to cut and hem. All fringe edges were first hemstitched on the loom before being hemmed in garment assembly. I left the fringe visible at the bottoms of the pockets and the back of the hood. At the neck is a sturdy sewn-on snap closure. Sleeves are sewn up for warmth and function.
- Length from shoulder to bottom is 46" . The back is 57" wide. Each front flap is 27" wide.
- Warp includes all Bird Hollow Wool: yellow dyed with bronze fennel + alum, dark olive green & light olive green dyed with bronze fennel in an iron pot, sage green dyed with purple basil, grassy greens and forest green dyed with marigolds & indigo, brown dyed with black walnuts and one cochineal red. Weft is mostly a brown undyed blend of brown and gray Bird Hollow wool and white merino with some stripes of colors from the warp.
A one-of-a-kind landscape tapestry painting in raw silk! 100% "raw" silk / silk noil hand-dyed with 100% natural dyes, including logwood, sassafras root, cochineal, madder & marigolds. This would fit a petite woman well or have a cute cropped look on a taller woman. (Model is 5'3")
Ruana-style. Two rectangles sewn together up the back and open in the front. Also sewn up the sides to make sleeves. Arrow embroidery tack to reinforce neck opening and sleeve openings.
Fringe knotted and twined for a variegated look.
21" from shoulder to bottom edge, not including fringe
approx 36" total width, 18" neck to shoulder
I recommend washing silk with soapnuts. (They have a neutral pH, which is important for silk.) Use a gentle machine cycle. Raw silk is strong and durable. Hang dry or lightly fluff in dryer.
Modeled by my beautiful mother :)
May 2015 Earth Wanderer Plainweave & Tapestry Poncho
Fringed Shoulder Bag
'Mysterious Woman' ruana
Silk River Cowl
This song is for my banjo-playing friend, weaving student, and model for the long winter sweater-poncho : )
October 2013 - April 2014 The Long Winter Sweater-Poncho
Golden Straw Shadows Poncho
January 2013 Wave Scarves
so named because the different warp yarns created ruffly waves with their different shrinkages
as the simultaneous snowmelt created beautiful waves in the creek
- super soft, warm scarves, only one left in weft colors: turquoise merino (indigo & turmeric)
- (charcoal alpaca and vintage rose merino and chartreuse merino are no longer available)
- warp includes alpaca in natural black, gray and silver and indigo-dyed pale blue, 1 red thread of Bird Hollow wool dyed with cochineal, Tregellys Fiber Farm Earth Hues dyed 60% mohair/ 40% fine wool singles in 3 colors: champagne, sage & plum/charcoal/brown, and lichen-colored organic merino dyed with indigo and alkanet from Brambleberry Yarns (www.brambleberryyarns.com)