December's weaver's profile is for an Edmonton weaver who is incredibly intriguing. We had the pleasure of meeting when the Edmonton Babywearers went for a photo with Santa but we've been chatting since I contacted her for a profile. I feel like there are still so many layers left to peel back! Her experience with textiles is well rounded and it shows in her work. Did you see the entry 1889 for the weaver's competition? That was her!!! Without further adieu, I present to you, A Love So Rare.
1. WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR BUSINESS AND WHEN WAS IT ESTABLISHED?
My weaving business is called A Love So Rare. I started selling handwoven baby wraps in July of 2014
2. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I live and weave in Edmonton, Alberta.
3. HOW MANY WEAVERS DO YOU HAVE AND FOR HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN WEAVING?
There's just me for now, but my toddler shows real promise. I think it will be Mother and son in no time flat, and the best part is I can pay him in candy! While I've dabbled in fiber arts all my life, I didn't start my dedicated pursuit of weaving until early 2014.
4.DO YOU BABYWEAR AND IF YOU DO/DID, HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?
I started babywearing four years ago when my first son was born. By the time he arrived I had amassed quite the collection, including two (not sure why I thought one baby needed two identical carriers) baby bjorns, a hotsling, and my homemade stretchy wrap. It didn't take me long to figure out that the bjorns and sling didn't work for me and I started churning. I've been through many different styles of wraps, slings and carriers now but always fall back on a nice woven shorty.
5. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A WEAVER?
I was raised in a Quaker community in the mountains of British Columbia and knew many artisans when I was growing up. Seeing people create beautiful functional art out of simple materials has always inspired me. I've always gravitated to fibers and am a self taught knitter, felter and seamstress. I was hugely inspired by all the beautiful wraps my friends always seemed to have and am lucky enough to have a husband who was encouraging when I originally mused about the idea.
6. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS?
My designs are inspired by all number of things. I have mock ups of everything from landscapes to cartoon characters, to food. When I'm doing work for myself I often like to gather colours that intrigue me and just work free hand on the warping mill. I like the creativity of just letting the colours guide me.
7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE WEAVING PROCESS?
I love rolling the finished cloth off of the loom, there's a wonderful magic quality the fabric has as you're finally able to see it in more than just 6 inch portions. When the yarn is under tension it looks so solid, but as the fabric comes off the loom it feels soft and fluid and it is just an incredible feeling to know that you created this lovely textile.
8. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BABYWEARER?
I think the best advice a new babywearer can get is not to get discouraged and give up because they don't like their carrier. There are so many different styles out there which all wear drastically differently. If they can try before they buy all the better, but if it's too late and they've made the purchase already they shouldn't be afraid to churn, baby, churn!
9. HOW CAN PEOPLE BUY YOUR PRODUCTS?
My items go up for sale on monthly stockings at www.lovesorare.etsy.com Stocking dates and tantalizing in progress photos are listed at www.facebook.com/alovesorare
10. I AM A REALITY TV JUNKIE SO JUST FOR FUN, IF YOU COULD BE ON ONE REALITY TV SHOW, WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING WOULD YOU CHOOSE? (Survivor, Big Brother, The Real Housewives, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, Naked and Afraid)