Living in the Cariboo region of central British Columbia, Canada, I weave
luxurious wool blankets, soft cotton blankets of all sizes, hand towels and other
items. Everything I make is designed for long-lasting use and enjoyment.
I weave to discover how fibres intersect in new
ways. I happily sink into exploring a weave
structure to see how my chosen colours
interact. Every toss of the shuttle and every
draw of the beater to bring the next thread into
the cloth are small steps in the growth of a new
Towels are fun to weave and help
me plan future blanket projects.
They make great gifts and many last
well for up to 15 years or more.
Making handwoven cloth for different purposes has intrigued me for 35
years. I began weaving on a pirta backstrap loom in Finland as a university
exchange student, then I graduated to table and floor looms and learned
about weave structures, fibres and colour effects.
I focus on weaving warm
blankets using wool and
alpaca in natural colours and
beautiful shades. I weave
cozy, interesting blankets
that suit a variety of home
décors. These blankets soften
with use, look great over the
years and last a long time.
I also weave lighter-weight
cotton blankets in all sizes
for the spring and summer
seasons. Cotton blankets
are great for a chaise
lounge, baby's crib, friend's
lap or people who prefer
cotton to wool. All are
machine-washable and the
hemmed ones can also be
tossed in the dryer.
My weaving ranges from classic and earthy to
funky and energetic. I use heathery Shetland
wools, soft but sturdy cottons, and my own
handspun wool and alpaca. The similarities
and contrasts from project to project teach me
things for my future designs.
My weaving is craft: it is functional and my
products are used often, whether it's a cozy
wool blanket for winter evenings, a
lighter-weight cotton blanket, a tablecloth as a
meal's centerpiece, or a favourite cotton towel.
My weaving is art: users may pause to admire
the intricacies of the blanket wrapped around
them, the detail under their plate, or the
interesting towel in their hands.
From the spark of an idea for a new project,
through to the meticulous fringing or hemming,
my handwoven items are designed, produced
and presented with joy and delight.
Thanks for visiting!
I blog often about new projects, events, thoughts and perspectives. The
labels on the far right of the blog page will take you to posts about
individual works. Cariboo Handwoven is also on Facebook.
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