I have been weaving for 31 years and in 1992 I completed an in-depth study for Ontario Handweavers and Spinners to become a Master Weaver. The subject of the study was Iron Age Textiles from Northern Europe (the Iron Age was from 500 B.C. – A.D. 800). In the course of my study, I became interested in tablet (card) weaving.
In excavations of Iron Age sites in Northern Europe (particularly in peat bogs and graves), ancient textiles have been found with tablet woven borders. Through inspirations of these textiles, I now incorporate tablet weaving into my fabrics by weaving the tablet borders and bands simultaneously with the fabric on the loom. From my fabrics I create shawls, jackets, and coats. I also make unique bags from my leftover handwoven fabrics.
In 2013 I published a book Tablet-Woven Accents for Designer Fabrics: Contemporary Uses for Ancient Techniques (available for purchase here). I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the US and Canada and I enjoy sharing these techniques through workshops and seminars.