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.
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.
"My favorite Daughter product is the handwoven shirt! They have a bohemian vibe and I love to wear them knowing that they're handmade."