Janis Saunders ~ Weaver
I began weaving seriously more than 30 years ago and am still fascinated with all that can be done on a loom. What if I use this color against that color, this texture or that size yarn, what if I use this pattern? Interlacing threads is a never ending “what if…” My weaving is driven by my love of the technique and of cloth; the ability to create a beautiful textile out of an armful of yarns is magical.
I started with a manual floor loom and when I realized I wanted more complex patterns, I moved to a computer-assisted handweaver's loom, allowing me to weave basic and very complex patterns alike. I enjoy watching the pattern develop as I treadle the loom, throw the shuttle, and beat the thread into place. I weave with wool, alpaca, linen, silk, rayon, and cotton. Many of my patterned scarves and shawls have a versatile reversible light/dark pattern.
Each item I weave is unique yet connected to all the weavers who have come before me since humans first began to interlace threads.
Learning to weave, taking workshops, weaving production, teaching, showing my own work in galleries---with our move to Whidbey Island Washington in 2005, I now have the opportunity to offer my handwoven items for sale on a regular basis. Here are my latest pieces currently for sale at Penn Cove Gallery. Click on the images to see them in full.
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