I have been weaving for nearly 50 years, focusing mainly on fabric suitable for clothing.
Over the years, the variety of yarns available has increased and improved, giving me the opportunity to experiment with texture and colour. I now use combinations of cotton, linen and silk as well as the newer fibres such as a bamboo, soy, silk and tencel. Along with wool, which is now available from many different sheep breeds, I use alpaca and mohair.
Clothing styles have also changed over the years, but I always try to make timeless garments that fit a variety of sizes, whether jackets, vests, or shawls.
I work from my home studio and have a collection of looms, from a simple four-harness counterbalance, to more complex eight-harness looms capable of an infinite variety of patterns. My focus has always been on colour and texture and how to blend them to make garments with good drape, soft feel, and unusual colour combinations. The recent interest in hand-dyed yarns has opened up new possibilities in patterns and colour combinations.
This Spring, as usual, I have been experimenting with new colours, new patterns and new designs.