I have been weaving since 2012, but my interest in traditional handcrafted work started long before that. I find a sense of satisfaction in making things with my hands. I believe that handcrafted items provide a value that you can't find in commercial goods- they tell a story that spans back generations of artisans and are made with individual care and attention.
What makes a quality rug?
Weaving a rug is a long process that includes sourcing the fiber, planning and calculating materials, and meticulously measuring and winding on warps before any weaving can occur.
A quality weaving does not happen by accident- it takes years of skill and lots of patience, as well as trial and error.
My rugs are woven straight and strong, which is a result of purposeful planning and a strong commitment to quality. A true sign of strength in a rug is if it can stand on its end unaided- and all of mine do.
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Des Moines, IA
"I feel within an impulse, perhaps that divine impulse which has moved all races in all ages and in all climes, to record in enduring form the emotions that stir within.
I may model these emotions in clay, carve them in wood, hew them in stone, or forge them in steel. I may weave them in textiles, paint them on canvas or voice them in song: but whichever I do I must harken always to the song of the lark and the melody of the forest and stream and respond to the color of the rose and the structure of the lily, so that my creation may be in accord with God's laws and the universal laws of order, perfect fitness, and harmony.
Moreover, I must make my creation good and honest and true, so that it may be a credit to me and live after I am dead, revealing to others something of the pleasure which I found in its making.
Then will my creation be Art whether I be poet or painter, blacksmith or cobbler, for I shall have labored honestly and lovingly in the realization of an ideal."