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Alex Forby

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.

Her Process

Almost every woven piece goes through a similar process. First, Alex sketches out a draft, or the weaving pattern. In that process colors and gauge (size and sett) 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. There are usually hundreds or thousands of threads to count out. 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. Lastly she winds the whole length of her yarn onto the back beam and ties on the ends to the front. Finally, she can start weaving.

    “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.”

Alex Forby working on the loom

The Team

Alejandra Fiallos

Weaving Intern

Alejandra is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design currently pursuing her BFA degree in Fibers. She is from El Salvador. Aside from weaving, Alejandra loves painting, art history, reading, and strolling around Savannah trying out all of the coffee shops. After graduation, Alejandra plans on moving to New York to pursue a career in the fashion or interiors industry. She plans on eventually having her own textile design brand.Her spirit animal is a tortoise because they are wise and move at their own pace (they can be surprisingly quick when they want to!).

"My favorite Daughter product is the bread bags. They are the first product I worked on when I joined the team, so I think I have an emotional connection! "

Abode Studios

We are located in Abode Studios in Savannah, Ga. Abode Studios is a hub for the creative community in Savannah. We offer artist studios for rent, a shop full of locally handmade goods, and workshops taught by local artisans. The story of Abode starts with a classic maker story. Business owners Alexandra Forby (Daughter Handwovens) and Christina Rippetoe (Smoke and Spirits) met when they were neighbors at a local Craft Market. A few weeks later they were both looking to move their studios out of their homes and decided to look around together for a space. Inspired by the idea of sharing a space they decided to open the idea of a place that could hold multiple makers. The idea grew and evolved till the current vision for Abode, which includes workshops, studio spaces, retail, markets and events, and networking opportunities.