I am a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen since 1991, juried in hand weaving and specializing in wearable art.  Most of my fabric is made from hand dyed warps that are between 20 and 30 yards long. I use bamboo, tencel, cotton-chenille and wool yarns.

winter house in snow

We live in a log home husband Chris and I built in 1989.  A studio addition was added in 1997.  After the studio was added I started collecting fiber equipment to sell.  Sometimes it is great condition other times we need to clean and fix it up.  My husband also repairs antique spinning wheels.  He knows how to spin and will make sure your wheel is in working order.  We both have had the opportunity to participate in the Pennsylvania State Farm Show – Sheep to Shawl Competition in Harrisburg.  Our team won first place in 1997, 1999, and 2000. 

My formal education includes a degree in Social Science from Penn State and a Masters degree from Millersville University in Special Education.  I have been designing and making clothing since I was 13.  In 1990 I took my first weaving class at the Manning’s in East Berlin, PA.  Other weaving instruction continued through workshops and home study courses.  In addition I started creating jewelry in 2003 by using silver and fusing glass to form the jewelry that accents my wearable art.

I am also an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor, a retired educator and owner of Opalessence Fiber Studio.

taking it easy

Gracie, Jack, and Chris.

© Opalessence 2011