Explore Fiber is a collaborative website showcasing and exploring fiber as a fine art material.
The webmistress of this site has been a hand weaver for 43 years. I’ve dabbled in almost all of the fiber art processes – sewing, needlework, basket making, felting, knitting, and crocheting – but weaving is where I feel truly at home. I am in the process of purchasing an AVL computer interfaced loom (compu-dobby) with 16 shafts. This will give me more intricate design options. I’m super excited about its arrival in early 2017! It will look something like this:
One of my weaving friends (and a contributor to this site), Anne Cameron gave me a heads up about the availability of this loom and I jumped on it! But she also told me about a weaving resource I knew nothing about – Handweaving.net. Kris Bruland has provided the weaving community of an incredible resource, with thousands of weaving drafts that are searchable and have been converted to .WIF files so that they easily upload to weaving software. Kris has a huge heart and passion for organizing and sharing not only current drafts and patterns, but also historical drafts that he has input into weaving software in order to create .wif files. There is also an extensive digital archive of weaving, lace, and other textile materials and processes created by Ralph Griswold, a collaborator to the site. The volume of articles available here is substantial! I encourage my weaving and textile friends to check out this website! Happy Holiday Textile Trails, my friends!