blmarina

A friend gave me a rigid heddle loom and taught me the rudiments of weaving more than 20 years ago. She taught me all she knew, so if I wanted more, I was on my own. That year my husband gave me a lovely 4h Leclerc Artisat for Christmas, I scoured the college bookstore for books, and have been weaving ever since. The magazine Handwoven was my teacher. Eventually I found a weavers’ guild I could join, began attending workshops and seminars and sank deeper and deeper into the wonderful world of fiber. I learned to spin in 1982 and was one of the founding members of the Rhode Island Spinners’ Guild. I’m an active member of the Moonlight Weavers’ Guild, The Weavers’ Guild of Rhode Island, and the Connecticut Weavers’ Guild.

After 23 years as editor of publications for the University of Rhode Island, I finally retired in 1998 to a more quiet life. My husband, Larry, our cairn terrier, Finnegan, and my very own loving kitty, Emily, are my immediate family.

I have been designing and weaving original, limited-edition garments, accessories, and decorative household items for more than 20 years. My work has been exhibited in the Wilkinson Gallery at Slater Mill, the Newport Art Museum, South County Center for the Arts, and in the New England Weavers Seminar’s juried gallery shows and fashion shows. I was a two-time recipient of the Handweavers Guild of America Award of Excellence (in 1993 and 1998) and of numerous first- and second-place awards in exhibitions and fashion shows of the New England Weavers’ Seminar and in weavers’ guild shows. My handwoven designs frequently appear in the magazine Handwoven.

Spinning Wheel, Wood, Made by Swedish Craftsman, G.W. Lindberg in 1983, 

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Dutch Merkelbach Upright Castle Style Double Drive Spinning Wheel, 4 Bobbins

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New, The Merlin Tree, Hitchhiker Spinning Wheel

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