Having grown up in the shadow of the textile industry, I have always been fascinated by looms and textiles. For more than forty years, I have enjoyed weaving and dyeing and the exciting magic of making fashion accessories such as scarves and shawls, as well as an occasional garment. My interest in dyeing and fiber manipulation has led to exploring surface-design techniques and needle felting.
My garments, fashion accessories and hand-dyed yarns are marketed under the Silver Spring Looms label. I am a long-time member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery and Guild, Handweavers Guild of America and Complex Weavers, as well as other fiber-related organizations.
I am a life-long textile artist. In childhood I learned to embroider, knit, crochet and sew, and even did some natural dyeing on basket reeds. While I was raising my children I learned to weave and purchased my first loom. I still weave, but I fell in love with felting about twenty years ago, and that started me on the path to dyeing both fleece and yarns. I offer instruction in felting in my home studio and through workshops for the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild.
My work can be seen at the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery. Felt items include hats, scarves, shawls, small jewelry items and fanciful flowers.
I am most at home with knitting needles in my hands, creating complex textures with simple knit and purl stitches. Since retiring from a career in science, my laboratory work is hand-painting yarn and creating surface designs on silk. Busy hands keep me out of trouble.