S2E15 : Margaret Fischer (Part 2) on how her business evolved, production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life.

This week we are talking with Margaret Fischer of Greentree Weaving from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Margaret has been fascinated by the craft of handwaving since she first saw a weaving demonstration at a county fair in California when she was just 9 years old. Since then weaving has dominated her life and has brought her great joy. Her studio has grown and evolved from working out of her home in California, to a barn in Petaluma, moving to New Mexico, and to a multiple building workshop in Colorado. The size of her team ebbing and flowing with every iteration of Continue Reading…

S2E14 : Margaret Fischer on how her business evolved, production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life.

This week we are talking with Margaret Fischer of Greentree Weaving from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Margaret has been fascinated by the craft of handwaving since she first saw a weaving demonstration at a county fair in California when she was just 9 years old. Since then weaving has dominated her life and has brought her great joy. Her studio has grown and evolved from working out of her home in California, to a barn in Petaluma, moving to New Mexico, and to a multiple building workshop in Colorado. The size of her team ebbing and flowing with every iteration of Continue Reading…

S2E13 : Daryl Lancaster (Part 2) on her beginnings as a weaver, how her career evolved over time, adapting her work to the digital market, and more

This week we are speaking with Daryl Lancaster from New Jersey. Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been constructing garments for more than half a century. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content, frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications and including Threads Magazine. She now has a YouTube channel, The Weaver Sews where she shares her extensive experience sewing handwoven garments. She Continue Reading…

S2E12 : Daryl Lancaster (Part 1) on her beginnings as a weaver, how her career evolved over time, adapting her work to the digital market, and more

This week we are speaking with Daryl Lancaster from New Jersey. Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been constructing garments for more than half a century. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content, frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications and including Threads Magazine. She now has a YouTube channel, The Weaver Sews where she shares her extensive experience sewing handwoven garments. She Continue Reading…

S2E11 : Janet Phillips on becoming a weaver, teaching woven design, the importance of sampling to understand structure, and more

This week we are talking with Janet Phillips from England. Janet has been designing and weaving for over 40 years after studying Industrial Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles, graduating with a First Class Honors Degree. Color and texture are still the foundations that keep her weaving. She dyes most of the yarns she uses and she is continually experimenting and sampling to find new weaves and textures.  Janet also has a deep commitment to teaching others to be creative with their weavings. She has authored two books, Designing Woven Fabrics and Exploring Woven Fabrics, which encourage weavers Continue Reading…

S2E10 : Rachel Snack on finding weaving, starting Weaver House, her new podcast, and more!

This week we are speaking with Rachel Snack of Weaver House Co from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Weaver House is a project that Rachel created as an intuitive response to returning home after living in Peru, and the continual longing to be at the loom. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Fiber and Material Studies from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Science in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. She can normally be found in the studio or nearby in the woods, always inspired and constantly creating.  Weaver House is a yarn shop, Continue Reading…

S2E9 : Our Origin Story & Questions Answered! As told at the HGA’s Careers in Textiles Symposium

We have been keeping ourselves busy these past couple weeks, working with clients, getting stuff done at the spinning mill, and giving presentations about what we do. This week we wanted to continue the conversation about how we got to where we are and take the opportunity to answer some questions along the way. We are sharing the audio from our presentation at the Careers in Textiles Symposium that was hosted by the Handweavers Guild of America this past Friday. In case you missed it and the other fabulous talks from other industry leaders, check out the website weavespindye.org/cit to Continue Reading…

S2E8 : Crystal Gregory on the different ways of learning and teaching weavings, how much there is still left to learn, and creating artwork using woven fabric

This week we are speaking with Crystal Gregory in Kentucky. Crystal Gregory is a sculptor whose work investigates between textile and architecture. If the nature of architecture is fixed and permanent then the opposite would be a textile, collapsible and movable. Both mediums define space, create shelter, and allow privacy. A textile, however, has the advantage of flexibility. It is a semi two dimensional plane that has the ability to fold, drape, move and change to its surroundings. It is pliable.  Gregory received her BFA from the University of Oregon and her MFA from the School of the Art Insitute Continue Reading…

S2E7 : Peggy Osterkamp on Finding Weaving, the Joy of Play & Sampling, Making Woven Art, Teaching, & more

This week we are talking with Peggy Osterkamp. Peggy is the author of the New Guide to weaving series, Weaving for Beginners – An Illustrated Guide, and has a prolific blog available to share tips, stories of her travels, and artistic discoveries. She has found great joy in sharing her love of handweaving with students near and far and has a wealth of knowledge to bestow upon them.  Personally, I have been following Peggy’s blog since I was in college and first learning how to weave. To this day I still find her artwork inspiring. The experiments with materials, structures Continue Reading…

S2E6 : Anne Low on weaving on frame looms, studying and learning old techniques, and dividing time between art and utilitarian weaving.

This week we are talking with Anne Low from Canada. Anne Low is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses sculpture, installation, textiles and printmaking to explore the relationship of historical contexts of contemporary functional objects and themes that occur, such as the domestic and the decorative. Her works highly focus on the physicality of an object and utilize her historic knowledge of weaving and various methodologies. She has been featured in many group exhibitions, held selected solo exhibitions, and was nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2019 (Canada’s largest award for young Canadian artists). Her work is subtle and sublime, Continue Reading…