Do you have any personal weaving projects you would like to share?
I also weave rugs on my home loom. Also, by word of mouth, I do custom rugs. Whenever I have friends that get married, I almost always make them a rug for their wedding gift. Sometimes I’ll do something different, like I’ll make scarves or a blanket. But like I said, I always go back to rugs.
What kind of loom do you have at home?
It’s a 60” Leclerc Fanny. It’s basically exactly what Meg Lehinger has, except it’s the 60 inch instead of the 45.
What do you do when you aren’t weaving?
Basically, when I’m not weaving, I’m farming. That is my life.
Tell us more about farming.
My husband and I own a small herb farm called The Growing Garden, and we primarily do culinary herbs. Our main cash crop is basil because people can never get enough basil. But we also do oregano, tarragon, chives, that kind of line. And we also grow vegetables: cucumbers, fennel, broccoli, just random things like that. But mostly it’s an herb farm. We bought it less than a year ago, but we’ve been working at it as employees and then as managers for several years. We’re just slowly moving more into the managerial/owner role this year. It’s been very exciting.
Does it work well with the weaving? Is it a nice break to have the weaving?
It’s really fantastic on my end. But it only works because Amy has been super flexible about me taking most of the summer off. For me, it’s absolutely ideal. I do more weaving in the winter. I only teach classes in the winter, and I do all my own weaving in the winter. I take a total break from weaving in the summer. I haven’t touched my loom since April, not at all.