In the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, I take inspiration
from the woods, water and wildlife that surrounds me, and
try to translate it into my handweaving. It could be the colors
of a storm coming in, the sun rising, or even the sound of the
loons or Sandhill Cranes, that suggests a colorway or technique. Or -- it might just be a cone of yarn sitting on the shelf, begging "pick me, pick me" to be a towel or scarf or shawl. I never know where inspiration will hit.
I enjoy using a variety of fibers in my textiles. I have found that both natural and synthetic fiber have special attributes that can contribute to the beauty and character of the fabric.
The towels I weave are soft and absorbent, perfect for drying hands or dishes and pretty enough to display. My family and friends have been using and displaying my towels since I began weaving in 1998.
Afghans and throws are woven of wool or cotton, lofty and soft, inviting you to snuggle up and (almost) wish winter wouldn't end.
I love weaving rag rugs, although most of mine are of new fabric, rather than old clothing. Other material can be used, as well -- leather, wool, plastic bags... there are endless possibilities. The rug at the top of this page was woven with wool roving -- wool fiber that has been carded but not yet spun into yarn.
Scarves and shawls are a joy to weave and a pleasure to wear. I use chenille, cotton, wool, rayon and a variety of synthetic yarns to create accessories for any season. Whether you are dressed for work or play, a scarf or shawl completes the outfit and ensures that you will keep the chill off your neck and shoulders....... and look good doing it.
If you would like to purchase some of my work, the Shop link will take you to my shop on the Etsy site. There are pictures and full descriptions of available items and the shopping is easy. If you'd rather not register at Etsy, just send me an email.
Thanks for visiting.
-- Robin Murphy, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin