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Susan Alvey

 

I have always loved fiber arts.  Starting as a kid, I knitted small blankets, sewed doll clothes, and wove potholders – hundreds of them. Later I sewed my kids’ clothes, and my own, as well as tableware and draperies. But it was not until later in adulthood that I discovered my joy of weaving.

 

As the story goes, it started with a New Year’s Eve party, where the hostess invited us each to declare something new that we would engage in for at least the next five years. I took it to heart and searched for a way to build on my past fiber experience. I found a wonderful weaving teacher in Waltham MA, who introduced me to drafting, weave structures, all the weaving equipment, and more. That was nearly fifteen years ago. Through her I also discovered a weaving community and these people have become great friends and inspiration. Once past the mechanics of weaving, I could immerse myself into the artistry of weaving: color, pattern, texture, and fibers.

 

And that is where I still find myself – exploring through the endless possibilities of weaving threads over and under each other. Every new technique I learn comes with a wish list of dozens of possible projects.  And that is the joy of it. I will never exhaust all the possibilities. 

Linen table runner

Linen table runner

Linen dinner napkins. These will be in "Feast" exhibit at Rocky Neck Art Cultural Center in November

Linen dinner napkins. These will be in "Feast" exhibit at Rocky Neck Art Cultural Center in November

Linen table runners

Linen table runners

Diamonds Table Runner

Diamonds Table Runner

All-wool rug

All-wool rug

Cotton and Tencel Scarf

Cotton and Tencel Scarf

Colorful wool rug SOLD

Colorful wool rug SOLD

Ombre green wool rug

Ombre green wool rug

Handwoven checkerboard

Handwoven checkerboard

This blanket will echo your love for a special baby

This blanket will echo your love for a special baby

An overshot shawl - this will keep someone cozy on a cool summer evening

An overshot shawl - this will keep someone cozy on a cool summer evening

Alpaca silk scarf, warm and lightweight

Alpaca silk scarf, warm and lightweight

Wrap yourself in alpaca with this cozy scarf

Wrap yourself in alpaca with this cozy scarf

Alpaca silk scarf

Alpaca silk scarf

Colorful kitchen towels now on the floor, with more to come.

Colorful kitchen towels now on the floor, with more to come.

Skyline rug - and it is woven with T-shirts SOLD

Skyline rug - and it is woven with T-shirts SOLD

Abstract skyline rug SOLD

Abstract skyline rug SOLD

Casserole cozies

Casserole cozies

Silk purse

Silk purse

Easy tote bag SOLD

Easy tote bag SOLD

Three new warm & washable blankets SOLD

Three new warm & washable blankets SOLD

Washable wool throw SOLD

Washable wool throw SOLD

T-shirt rug- tapestry style - Sold

T-shirt rug- tapestry style - Sold

Rug woven from T-shirts

Rug woven from T-shirts

T-shirt rug

T-shirt rug

T-shirt rug

T-shirt rug

Skyline rug - Sold

Skyline rug - Sold

Striped rug

Striped rug

Newly added beach mat in cotton and wood

Newly added beach mat in cotton and wood

colorful cotton rug, made of t-shirts

colorful cotton rug, made of t-shirts

Linen Table runner- one remaining

Linen Table runner- one remaining

mop cotton rug, hand dyed SOLD

mop cotton rug, hand dyed SOLD

SOLD: Boston skyline rug

SOLD: Boston skyline rug

an array of scarves

an array of scarves

wool purple rug 3

wool purple rug 3

Sold: green wool rug

Sold: green wool rug

A sample for a new wool rug

A sample for a new wool rug

Sold: Wool rug

Sold: Wool rug

Sold: All wool rugs

Sold: All wool rugs

Summer & Winter table runner - Sold

Summer & Winter table runner - Sold

Hand-dyed silk scarf

Hand-dyed silk scarf

hand-dyed silk scarf aqua

hand-dyed silk scarf aqua

Wool and wool-silk scarf

Wool and wool-silk scarf

silk and wool ruffle scarf - Sold

silk and wool ruffle scarf - Sold

Sold: Wool blanket

Sold: Wool blanket

Extra large and colorful dishtowels - Sold

Extra large and colorful dishtowels - Sold

wool silk scarves

wool silk scarves

Wool silk scarf

Wool silk scarf

Sold: Double weave placemats

Sold: Double weave placemats

Wool-silk scarf

Wool-silk scarf

Sold: colorful cottolin kitchen towels

Sold: colorful cottolin kitchen towels

Sold: Hand-dyed silk shawl

Sold: Hand-dyed silk shawl

Fringed wool scarf

Fringed wool scarf

SOLD Bamboo double weave shawl

SOLD Bamboo double weave shawl

Wool-silk scarf

Wool-silk scarf

Cotton scarf

Cotton scarf

Hand-dyed mop cotton rug on the loom

Hand-dyed mop cotton rug on the loom

Sold: Hand-dyed mop cotton rug

Sold: Hand-dyed mop cotton rug

Sold: Double weave placemats

Sold: Double weave placemats

SOLD Customized bamboo scarf

SOLD Customized bamboo scarf

Sold: Cotton twill blanket

Sold: Cotton twill blanket

Wool, silk, and mohair scarf

Wool, silk, and mohair scarf

Alpaca blanket NFS

Alpaca blanket NFS

Mousam Falls wool blanket

Mousam Falls wool blanket

Sold: Cotton dishtowels

Sold: Cotton dishtowels

Wool silk scarf

Wool silk scarf

NFS Christmas stocking

NFS Christmas stocking

Twill blanket and pillow NFS

Twill blanket and pillow NFS

Red wool silk scarf

Red wool silk scarf

Wool silk and mohair scarf

Wool silk and mohair scarf

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