It all began about 20 years ago, when I found this board with holes in it... in the attic of my families old house.
I kinda knew what it was, but had no intention of using it... yet.
I started as a costumed demonstrator at my local Goshen Fair about 15 years ago. I demonstrated pottery, and from there I found I liked the life of crowds of people every day asking me questions and I found it was rather fun.
I was soon hired by Storrowton Village for the Big E. I like being around history people. We are a simple, back to basics group. We love sharing our crafts and our experiences and our way of life.
|At Alifia in Florida|
Then I met Roger. He is of Norwegian descent. I just had to learn how to weave the fancier bands. There was no books on how to. The classes I found in Massachusetts and Minnesota did not coincide with my shedule. So I had to figure it out myself. The set up is a little different than inkle looms. Lots of folks know how to set up the string heddles on them, but I couldn't find help on the rigid heddle of the tape loom.
When it finally clicked in my head, I had to write this book. I want others to enjoy this simple way of weaving bright bands. I take one on the plane in my suitcase, I weave in the truck on vacations. I have a million things I want to make, banjo straps, legging ties, head bands, hat bands, arm bracelets.... and so many patterns I want to try. I want others to get excited about this too. I want museums to show guests how to use the looms they have in their exhibits. I want people to talk about them again!