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July 12, 2019

I am back from teaching at MAFA (Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association) conference in Millersville, PA. What a great time!  First of all, a shout out to my wonderful students.  I had a class of 16 enthusiastic weaver/designers.

It was great to work in perso...

June 13, 2019

I am currently putting the finishing touches on my design exercises for my workshop at MAFA (Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association) at the end of this month.  As those of you who have been following my blog know, I teach design and I write about design.  I guess you’d say I w...

January 31, 2019

For all my blog post followers, you now have a chance to learn from me in person!

I am scheduled to make live appearances on the East and West Coasts this summer, teaching two different classes in two different venues:  Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) and The Grun...

January 1, 2019

It’s that time of the year. Time when we reflect on the past year, plan for the new year, and make resolutions.  Many of us resolve to live a simpler life, to cut out bad habits and install a few good ones.  This is much like the process of editing needed in design....

October 4, 2018

I have been thinking, one thing that may help you all in the design process is to follow my thoughts and processes from start to finish.  

I have been thinking of designing a scarf, because that is what may people weave.  It gives you a lot of freedom and choices i...

May 2, 2018

Tien Chiu's Autumn Splendor Coat. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sara Nordling (SN):  Who are you?

Tien Chiu (TC):  I’m a textile artist, a writer, and a recanted mathematician.

Well, actually, I didn’t quite recant. The last few years I’ve been focusing on...

March 23, 2018

Peace Tent design, woven and photographed by Suzanne Halvorson

SN:  I first met Suzanne while working on my MFA in studio art at Indiana University.  In addition to weaving, we have many other things in common, knowing a lot of the same people and sharing a love for e...

March 13, 2018

 Winds of Change Scarf and photo by Lynn Smetko. 

Detail of Winds of Change Scarf

SN:  I first met Lynn when I was living in Texas.  I don’t remember the exact year or event that brought us together.  I have long admired her work and her overall sense of style.  When I b...

February 27, 2018

Rug and photo by Peggy Siders. Rug made using and spun karakul wool from her own sheep.

Ten shaft rep weave inspired by antique twenty shaft double weave coverlet.

SN:  I met Peggy at my current weaver’s guild in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She is an amazing weaver...

February 13, 2018

 Weaving and photo courtesy of Susie Taylor

I first encountered Susie through her work.  She was working on pleated elements on the surface of a weaving like I was.  Her approach to making them is very different from my own. Weaving is great that way!  We got to meet in...