Oregon Coast May 2023
Words are hard to find to describe the beauty of the Oregon coast. Usually images show gorgeous vistas of beach, sea, and sky, but beauty can also be found in looking closely at patterns on the beach. Waves, as they recede, create wonderful patterns in the sand.
Years ago, these patterns were inspiration for cloth I wove using a supplementary warp to represent the sand patterns in a rather random twill design. The ground warp consists of three strands of rayon sewing thread in colors that evoke those found in granules of sand.
Barbara J. Walker, Fiber Artist
About The Author
Barbara was awarded the Master Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving from Handweavers Guild of America in 1990. She is an active member of Northwest Designer Craftartists, has been a faculty member of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and has taught for guilds and conferences in the United States, England, Canada, and Japan. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and two of her pieces are the only examples of ply-splitting included in Lark Books' 500 Baskets. She is an enthusiastic educator and has had numerous articles published in Strands, Complex Weavers Journal, Handwoven, Weaver’s, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. Barbara has published two books, Ply-Splitting from Drawdowns: Interpreting Weave Structures in Ply-Split Braiding in 2012 and Supplementary Warp Patterning: Turned Drafts, Embellishments & Motifs in 2016.
Barbara’s home studio overlooks the Willamette Valley in Salem, Oregon.