Hey there! My name is Alex. I am the owner and creator of Daughter Handwovens. I started Daughter with the simple desire to weave, have time at home and connect with women. I've since stumbled on to a bustling little business that has offered wonderful conversations, beautiful new friendships and some devoted patrons.
It may surprise you that I've only been weaving since about June of 2016. Before that I worked as a nanny for two adventurous little boys and as an Administrative Assistant for SCAD, the college I also graduated from with a B.F.A. in Painting. Though I don't do much painting anymore it was during college that my passion for fiber arts really started to burn deep. Finally I feel like I'm doing something I could do for the rest of my life.
I am a self taught weaver, though I've received much help from Youtube and our local Fiber Guild. I am constantly making mistakes and doing things my own way, but it has been an experience unlike any other. I get to discover new things, solve hard problems, and test my creativity almost daily. This is what I love about my job and why I am so grateful to get to do what I do. Most of that thanks goes to my husband, who has supported this endeavor from the beginning, through many months where I was bringing in little or no income.
Another huge part of why I started this business and who I am as its owner comes from Proverbs 31, the main inspiration for Daughter- both in name and mission. Proverbs 31 speaks of a woman who fears the Lord. A woman who, "dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong," who "opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy," who "opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue," and who very fittingly, "seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands," "puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle," and "makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant." This is a woman I want to be. And as a Daughter of the King, it is who he is making me into day by day.
Below is the full text of Proverbs 31 verses 10-31:
10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.[c]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.