Saturday May 9 noon-5


Make an Heirloom

Rug Braiding 101

braidedrugDoneCloseWEBI’ll be teaching a rug braiding class at Swift Waters Artisans’ Coop over two classes: April 4 and 11. Each class will run and hour and a half and will give you all need to start your own adventure in creating a lovely, functional rug. Rug braiding is wonderfully relaxing and the finished product is beautiful. You will make a splash when you put your new rug down on the floor!
Date: Saturdays – April & 11, 2015 10:30-12 noon                                                 Cost: $25 for 2 days. Includes Braid Kin lacer and enough lacing twine to get you going ($5 value)                                                                                                Materials: You can buy wool from me during the class. Or bring your own wool flannel yardage. Also, old wool coats or pants. Go to Salvation Army and buy a wool coat. I’ll show you how to strip and prepare the used wool.                                Location: 866 Main St, Willimantic Swift Waters Artisans Upstairs        PLEASE email me to let me know you are coming. This way I can be sure to have enough materials on hand.

I’ll cover:
What to look for in wool
Taking apart a wool coat or stripping wool yardage
Folding and beginning the braid
Lacing the rug
Avoiding and fixing cupping problems
Finishing off the Braid
I hope we will laugh a lot during our time together.

2013.2.6braided rug Hall



Begone Dull Care

poncho frontponcho back

It has been a long winter. But we have new clothes and they make us smile.Check out this lovely cape made from the customer’s design. Start with an inspiration. A small sketch on the back of the napkin. What elements are you looking for?

This delightful hemp cape was made for walks in the woods, tough enough to withstand a few brambles and lovely through all the seasons.

This graceful garment is hemp canvas, lined with Nylon Supplex® and Interlined with Thinsulate®. The placket and collar are wool.

Purple and Blue

Not for lack of work, I have not been posting. Instead I meet you all in person and that is truly delightful.

An Array of Purples


Today I write only to introduce one of you to the purples I have in stock. I have been making 2 new design of the “little dipper.” One is a framed circle of some special print I like, or think you will. DSC_8566The other is to take the fabric and extend it above and below the front zipper. I don’t have a picture of this as I write, but I’ll take one later and show you. This second design pattern looks really smart and I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before.

Today I introduce you to some purples I have on hand. Do you like them?

Linen on my mind


Ready to Chop wood in this comfortable dress!

Ready to Chop wood in this comfortable dress!

ta! da! backI was talking to some folks at Swiftwaters. Not suprisingly we were talking about summer dresses. My friends didn’t exactly challenge me, but they did inspire me.

Glenna suggested a place to buy linen and I was off. This particular color is called “otter.” It is a 7 oz linen. softened.

7 oz. linen is a solid weight for linen. You can see here how the wrinkles fall away, the drape is fantastic and the texture lushious.

I’ve made the dress in a few more colors since then (blue, copper, grass greeen) I have more linen in black and you will see that soon. Look to my etsy store to purchase it, or, if you are in town come to Swiftwaters Artisans or the Coventry Farmers market.


Windham Grows a New Carrot

GROW Windham is a collaboration of community partners dedicated to promoting healthy food in the Windham region through support of community gardens, food projects, and food- and garden-based youth programming and engagement.

The Windham Grows Team

The Windham Grows Team

And Now they have 2 new vegetables in their repetoir.

Windham Grows A New Carrot in the Garden

Windham Grows A New Carrot in the Garden

Fools Rush in Where Brave Jalapenas Dare Not Go

Fools Rush in Where Brave Jalapenas Dare Not Go

After much thinking and fabric shopping and imagination stretches, I finished the two new costumes for Grow Windham. Look for them at the Willimantic Farmers Market, on the pavillion Saturdays

Welcome Summer. Clothworks Returns to Market

Summer is Dressed in Linen

Summer is Dressed in Linen

After a one year hiatus, we are back at the Coventry Farmers Market. Our booth is on the back side of the field, so we have the luxury of more shade. When you find the sun is too much for your weary head, come try on a hat.

crfm booth 2014 hats  WEWB

I Love my Job


I have been walking around town today, rantomscooting Mark calls it. I went out to Breakfast at Grammas in Mansfield, I went to the Co-op, walked back over the footbridge. Whenever I saw someone I knew I shared my great pleasure in just having completed these dresses.

They are part of a set of five dresses and two dashikis that I made for Echo Uganda. I love these dresses. I was surprised how the fabric blends with the grasses. The badminton batik on the little girls dresses is a crazy big pattern. Not something we tend to wear in the US. And look how fantastic it looks on these 2T and 4T dresses.

It is a great priveldge to be able to make my living with my hands and my mind. Continue reading

Juki Runs Free


I live with Juki. She is my mechanized horse, my old dog. Days spent with her make for many a story. Like any loyal pal, her understanding of me is deep. And I try to return the trust that she places in me.


I was going through an old photo album and found these pictures of Juki and me on the day we closed the Store on Church Street.

I thought I would share some of the feelings of that day with you.


Its been four years since we closed the storefront. Juki and I still work together. Still making a connection over work and creativity. Good friends, Juki and I.


US Moves Closer to a Sane Hemp Agriculture Policy


January 31, 2013  Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding industrialized hemp and its impact on Kentucky:

“After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy. Commissioner Comer has assured me that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement’s marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use. The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me.”


Alex White Plume of Standing Silent Nation

What a surprise! It has been a long battle to return the cultivation of Hemp to it’s former legal status in the US. Categorized as a narcotic in an apparent effort to promote Dupont (invention of Nylon 1935), this grass is still banned for agricultural use. Many hope to change this.

If you ever have the chance, watch Standing Silent Nation ( . The movie documents the efforts of the Soverign Nation of the Ogala Sioux to cultivate hemp.

Clothworks uses hemp as it’s primary fabric. The hemp is grown in either China or Eastern Europe (eg. Romania). We buy it un-dyed by the bolt in different weights and weaves. It has long been our goal to buy hemp grown in the US, perhaps even Connecticut. As Alex White Plume so aptly says:

We will survive.
We have always survived.
We’re Lakota.
We will survive this as well.

–Alex White Plume