Meet the Weaver

The Person

Alex is the owner and creator of Daughter Handwovens. She started Daughter with the simple desire to weave, have time at home, and connect with other women. Ever since she’s stumbled on to a bustling little business that has offered more than she could have asked for.

The Process

Every woven piece goes through the same process. First, Alex sketches out a draft, or the weaving pattern. In that process colors and gauge are usually chosen. Once the pattern and gauge are set Alex then has to calculate the number of ends and length of yardage needed for the project. From there she moves to the warping board to measure every strand of yarn – this will be the warp, the backbone of the weaving. Next comes threading where each of those measured strands is threaded through two sections of the loom- the reed and the heddles. This is usually one of the longest parts of the weaving process. Finally, she can start weaving.

Weaving the Oxford Pillow

“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. That is what I love about my job and why I am so grateful to get to do what I do.

 

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.”