S1E14 : Community Organizations Part 1 : Hudson Valley Textile Project with Gail Parrinello

This week we are talking with Gail Parrinello owner of the Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall, NY and President of the board for the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Gail started her yarn shop in 2004 with the intention of offering locally produced yarn, but at the time she was disappointed in the offerings that were available. That fueled her passion to create connections in our local supply chain that eventually developed into the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Now her store and many other places proudly carry Hudson Valley yarns on their shelves. Bringing our supply chain closer together and sharing Continue Reading…

S1E13 : Working with Spinning Mills with Mary Jeanne Packer

This week we are talking with Mary Jeanne Packer from Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill in Greenwich, NY. A little over ten years ago, Mary Jeanne started the Battenkill Fiber Mill, which processes raw wool and spins it into beautiful worsted yarn for both knitters and spinners. This small mill takes the raw fiber from our local fiber shed and takes it through all the stages necessary to make great yarn that is best for the the fiber itself. As part of the services the the mill provides, they have weaver’s on contract to help bring those yarns further Continue Reading…

S1E12 : Don’t let Perfection Get in the Way of Progress with Lindsay Wiseman

This week we are talking to Lindsey Wiseman of Central Oregon Textiles from Oregon. Lindsey’s woven work showcases the artistry and bold colors of a designer, and the meticulous balance and symmetry of an engineer, blending her careers together into cloth. She creates accessories for the home and fashion such as towels, scarves, travel bags, eyemasks, and jewelry cases, flexing her skills in both hand weaving and in sewing. I love how she explores colors and textures with different materials in her work, always exploring the options in which handwoven textiles can be applied in a functional way. We hope Continue Reading…

S1E11 : Ask the Difficult Questions of Your Work with Kat Howard

This week we talk with Kat Howard from New York. Kat Howard is a fiber artist who blends the literary nuances of poetry into the textural work of weaving. Her MFA background in Book Art and Creative Writing, has given her a clear voice and understanding in her practice as a sculptural tapestry weaver. She uses a variety of materials in order to address how the female body has been viewed over time. Her combination of utilizing visual art and poetry is simple, but fully charged: revealing women’s relationships to their bodies, and the roles that those bodies have played Continue Reading…

S1E10 : Working with Fashion Designers with Jamie & The Jones

We are doing a something a little different this week. We are talking to a business that utilizes handwoven fabrics from weavers in their final product. We would like to introduce you to Jamie from Jamie and the Jones from Nashville, Tennessee. Jamie and the Jones specializes in quality craftsmanship from the ground up, focusing on raw silks, hand-worked textiles, and garments grown, handwoven, and sewn in the United States. Jamie’s background in Fashion Design and Merchandising plus her experience in traveling the world researching and learning about handwoven fabrics, the inner workings of factories and the skilled labor involved Continue Reading…

S1E9 : Be Patient, Never give up with Joseph Young

This week we talk with Joseph Young of Interwoven from California. Joseph is a weaver who specializes in contemporary Zapotec weaving. For a little background, the Zapotec are an indigenous people that have lived in the Valley of Oaxaca for at least 2,500 years. Their one-of-a-kind weaving traditions have carried on to this day, showcasing unique colors and symbolism. Joseph, fell in love with this style of weaving and dove in, learning how to create tapestries in both the traditional and contemporary style. From the start of getting hand selected wool fibers spun for warp and weft, naturally dying the Continue Reading…

S1E8 : Get a Good Seam Ripper with Denise Kovnat

This week we talk with Denise Kovnat from New York. Denise is a weaver, dyer, and self proclaimed “free-ranged seamstress” who loves painted warps, collapse techniques, and extended parallel threadings- all to make colorful, texture cloth used in garments for teaching, shows and sales. For 20 years, she has been teacher who continues to grow and explore new possibilities to bring back and share with her weaving students. She has taught at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in Rochester, NY, weaving conferences and for guilds in Canada and the United States. Her textural and vibrant clothing have also been Continue Reading…

S1E7 : Go For It, Whats the Worst That Could Happen with Katie Strano

This week we talk with Katie Strano of Heddle Over Heels from Southbury, Connecticut. Katie is a production weaver who creates yardage for clothing and her own wearable weaving designs. The desire to make functional beauty is amplified through her playful dyeing and weaving of dimensional and textural fabric. She also offers whimsical wall hangings that resonate joy and flow. Through her making, she continually thinks about how her impact of creation effects the environment on a larger scale. She aims to use natural, sustainable and responsible materials- utilizing vintage, thrifted, or new responsibly grown natural fibers in her work. Continue Reading…

S1E6 : Don’t Apologize for the Price of Your Work with Amanda James

This week we talk to Amanda James of Thief and Moth from Wisconsin. Amanda is a production weaver who creates beautiful, handwoven yardage for wearables and accessories. She uses her AVL looms to create yardage that explores the relationship between textures and colors. When she works with her clients, it is a collaborative effort to create textiles that exude comfort and style while maintaining the small surprises that come up with weaving. Her work reflects the collaborative effort she puts into the marathon of creating cloth. Consciously, the way color and pattern is placed in the textile, allows the design Continue Reading…

S1E5 : Just Keep Going with Julia Lines

This Week we talk with Julia Lines of Machine in Hand from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Julia is a production weaver who creates unique utilitarian and ceremonial textiles. Her company Machine in Hand, radiates how she feels in connection to her work. Julia views weaving as a physical collaboration between herself and the loom, like playing the piano. She focuses her weaving evolution toward depicting and recording time into cloth. As a craftsperson, she questions and shares her views about the supply chain and how it relates to us in terms of value and connectivity.  Julia is another Instagram friend that I Continue Reading…