Found

I get inspiration from a lot of places: painting, fiber arts, sculpture, vintage clothing, photographs, the changing seasons… all over the place. I love looking at and reading about art online – it’s my favorite "taking a break" time waster. Here are a few things that I dug this week:

Faceplanting Chickens and Plaited Twill

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I’m really looking forward to spring and summer this year. Not just because of the warmer weather, but because I just got some baby chicks! Dad came up and helped me build a chicken coop, so the four girls will be able to move into their own swanky little house when they’re old enough.

The first couple days, I found myself worrying a lot about them. I’ve never had chickens before, and I kept getting stressed out because I don’t know anything about them except what I’ve read in books. But the books didn’t say that they all will periodically faceplant and look totally dead while they power nap. Or that there’d be a jail break on day 2 and I’d have to find my trouble-making Americauna chick (luckily she didn’t get very far).

It’s been an exercise in letting go. Letting go of my worry and anxiety, and – the big one – letting go of control. It’s applicable to my art practice, too. It’s so easy to get used to doing things a certain way and then get stuck in a rut. Ruts are all about control. You know what to do and how to do it. You’re comfortable and in control. But you can learn a lot from shaking things up, so I’m taking the lesson to heart.

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I tried out a new weave that’s pretty complicated, in colors I don’t use very often. It’s called a plaited twill, and I absolutely love it! I’m loving the spring green and ecru color combination, and the aqua feels so fresh. And of course, I always love a good red :) These table runners are available in my shop!

I’ve also been having a bit of a neutral moment. I’ve done a scarf in neutral stripes and an infinity scarf in a beige and black lace weave. I love the subtlety of the neutrals, so I’ll definitely be doing more!

Found

I get inspiration from a lot of places: painting, fiber arts, sculpture, vintage clothing, photographs, the changing seasons… all over the place. I love looking at and reading about art online – it’s my favorite "taking a break" time waster. Here are a few things that I dug this week:

Let's Hear it for the Slow Process

I’ve started taking some short videos showing how I weave and the process that goes into it, especially all the prep work. I’ve also done a couple videos of the shellac process on my paintings. I post them on Instagram, and I’ve also started posting them on YouTube. I just got that all set up, so subscribe to my channel if you want updates.

At first, I was really nervous about doing videos and I procrastinated for a long time. Like, a year. I had read a lot of established weavers who were really into “efficiency”, and they said that if you weren’t efficient, you were NOT A REAL WEAVER and you’d never really be good. Some of their posts were really harsh and got into my head. I was so worried I’d post some videos and all the comments would be about how I’m doing everything wrong. I’m self-taught, which compounds my insecurity! But so far, everyone has been really kind, so obviously my fears were all in my head (duh).

But I realized something while I was working recently. I enjoy doing things at a comfortable pace that a lot of people would call slow. I want to take my time. When I try to get faster and experiment with all those “efficient” ways of doing things, I make more mistakes. I start to get stressed out about speed instead of just relaxing and being happy that I’m doing what I love.

So I’m saying it, loud and proud: I like taking my time. I like going slowly. I like doing it right the first time and taking an extra minute to double check my work at every stage. I enjoy my slow process, even if it’s a little less efficient.

Gallery Happenings

I have some exciting news! I was accepted into the Ashland Art Works gallery in Ashland, Oregon, to show my weaving. (I’m totally superstitious, so I didn’t want to say anything until it really started.) This is my first month, and we were open for the First Fridays Art Walk. Even though it was raining, a lot of people came out, and I even sold a few things! It’s a great start to what I hope will be a long relationship with the gallery.

One of Ashland Art Works' gorgeous galleries

One of Ashland Art Works' gorgeous galleries

If you’re in Southern Oregon, drop by and check it out! There are about 15 artists, including painters, woodworkers, sculptors, jewelry makers, and fiber artists. Their work is so beautiful, and I’m honored to be in their company.

New Work

I had some new weaving all done, but it went into the gallery! I’m working on some new tea towels and scarves for the web shop, and soon I’ll have some bags, tassels and bookmarks as well. In terms of paintings, I’ve been working on some new things but nothing is quite finished yet. I like to let paintings sit for a little while so I can be sure they’re really done – sometimes, after looking at one for a week or two, I decide it needs a little something more.

In the meantime, I still have a lot of weaving and paintings for sale online, so check the website if you need anything. Feel free to reply to this email with any specific requests :)

Found

I get inspiration from a lot of places: painting, fiber arts, sculpture, vintage clothing, photographs, the changing seasons… all over the place. I love looking at and reading about art online – it’s my favorite "taking a break" time waster. Here are a few things that I dug this week.

PayPal is now Available in Checkout!

I’m excited about this! I use Squarespace for my website because I really like their pretty templates and ease of use. The one thing I wanted that they didn’t have was PayPal integration – until now!

Squarespace just added PayPal as an option at checkout, so you can easily purchase anything on my site using your PayPal account. I’m happy to now be able to offer you this new option at checkout!

And don't forget my sale is still on till December 8! Use the code TGIVING at checkout for 20% off.

My Holiday Sale is On!

I'm having a sale for the holidays! It's on now and runs through December 8 (I want to make sure there's plenty of time for your order to get to you before Christmas).

Just enter the code TGIVING at checkout and you'll get 20% off your order!

It works for everything on my site, with no minimum. Pick out your favorite gifts, or get something for yourself!

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New Weaving is in the Shop!

I finally did a weaving shop update! Phew :) (New paintings will be uploaded soon, I'm just finishing a few more first.) My Mom was in town last weekend, so I rushed to get the photos all taken before she got here (the guest room is my photo studio), and then processed the photos while we hung out in the evenings. We did some great Christmas shopping while she was here – it was a really fun weekend!

Here's what's new...

I wove a batch of tea towels in blue/white, red/black, and black/white. My favorite colors. Along with the goose eye and herringbone that I absolutely love to weave, I tried out a new pattern that will definitely be one of my regulars. I'm calling it the "Carrie" point twill, and it's available so far in blue/white, and red/black.

I also wove a couple things on this bright red fine cotton, using a pattern that's called a "skip-dent" weave. All that means is that it has stripes lengthwise that are created by leaving some threads out so there are gaps. (Does that make sense? It's so hard to put into words!) Right now, I have this table runner available in the shop. It's 48" long and 9.5" wide. Perfect for your holiday tables! It's nice and light – a little bit sheer, and it has 3" fringe on the ends so it would look great with the ends draped off the edge of the table.

I also have a scarf made with the same red yarn and pattern, but it's in a group show at Weisinger's Winery in Ashland though December. If it doesn't sell at the show, I'll add it to the shop in January! I really like it as a scarf – it's so light and airy.

And last but not least, I wove two infinity scarves using variegated Tencel (rayon) yarns. Why didn't I do infinity scarves before?? They're so cute!

In case you don't know, an infinity scarf has its ends sewn together so it's a big loop. You put it on and then loop it around your neck again. Super easy!

The red one is a variegated yarn in shades of red and black, and I added some random stripes in solid black. The blue one is a variegated yarn in shades of blue, purple, and black. If I could, I'd keep these and wear them all. the. time. They're so pretty!

Everything's in the shop now. Check it out!


Holiday Sale!

I'm having my first holiday sale soon. It starts on 11/25 and runs through 12/8. Check back here or watch my Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for details!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Found

I get inspiration from a lot of places: painting, fiber arts, sculpture, vintage clothing, photographs, the changing seasons… all over the place. I love looking at art online – it’s my favorite "taking a break" time waster. Here are a few things that I dug this week.

Refueling in Montana

Creativity is interesting. Inspiration isn’t always there when you need it or want it – you have to nurture it a bit, encourage it, feed it. You can’t use your creativity without replenishing it somehow. For me, that includes taking at least one full day off each week to do something new. Not grocery shopping, not a super exciting trip to Home Depot, not cleaning my gutters. Something new that will inspire and stimulate me and give me the fuel I need to create. I love going to galleries, going hiking, taking a long drive somewhere that I haven’t explored yet.

If I don’t take time off for those things, I start to feel like weaving and painting are a chore. It’s like butting my head against a wall – there’s no joy, no inspiration. Just monotonous work. The catch is that it takes discipline to force myself to take time off. It’s easier to just stay home and try to work, or procrastinate. Easier, but not healthier and definitely not productive. So I schedule a day off each week and stick to it… most of the time.

To get some new inspiration and kick off Fall (my favorite time of year), I took a road trip for the first half of October to Glacier National Park in Montana. It was an amazing way to refuel my creativity. The park is so beautiful! It rained and snowed, and it was absolutely gorgeous. I did lots of hiking and exploring, and took so many photos! The Fall colors really stuck with me – watch for some yellows, rusts, and oranges in my upcoming work. And lots of new scarves – it's cold in Montana in Fall :)

New Work

Next week, I'll be adding some new work to my shops (vacation put me behind my usual schedule!). Watch for some new tea towels and table runners, as well as new paintings. I can't wait to show everyone!

Come See Me!

I am selling my weaving with some wonderfully talented weavers at Weisinger’s Winery in Ashland from November 1 through December. Stop by the tasting room and check out what we have for sale!