The beautiful Appalachian mountains where I was born and raised have a wonderful weaving heritage. It is a real treasure. I am very grateful for the legacy of weaving and handcrafts passed along to me by many members of my family who were an important part of this heritage. They were giving and sharing people who had a desire to pass their skills on to others. I try to honor that legacy by sharing my knowledge, skills and understanding of fiber and weaving at every opportunity. Passing a shuttle back and forth since about age six, I have more than 40 years of teaching experience sharing my passion for woven textiles through private classes, workshops/ lectures, and classes taught through various educational institutions and fiber organizations.
My first formal classes in weaving were at Penland School of Crafts, an internationally known school that sits along Conley Ridge in the mountains of western North Carolina. I was about 11 or 12 years old at the time and already knew that I loved weaving. I’ve been weaving ever since.
My college studies took me to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where the weaving program was headed by Marion Heard, also Director of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, another well known craft school. Over the years I have both studied and taught at Penland and Arrowmont as well as John C. Campbell Folk School, a third nationally known craft school within 100 miles of where I live. I have been teaching weaving since I graduated from college, privately, at community colleges, guilds and organizations, and these incredible craft schools for more than 40 years at.