weaver. educator. lecturer.
Dianne Ney Totten
I have always enjoyed working with fiber. I learned to sew at a young age and enjoyed making most of my wardrobe. I often thought – “if only I could make my own fabric.” The reality of that thought materialized many years later when my husband surprised me with a loom one Christmas.
Handwoven clothing has been my main focus in my 40 years of weaving. My creations start with a “vision.” Selecting the yarns and the weave structure to best carry out that vision can take a few days to several weeks. Sampling a variety of options leads to a final choice for the fabric. When the fabric is off the loom and the finishing process is complete, I make the pattern to enhance the design features of the cloth.
My current emphasis is on garments using Crimp Cloth, the name I gave the technique I developed and teach nationally/internationally for guilds and conferences, as well as at Convergences. I have authored 2 Crimp Cloth DVDs, “Making Crimp Cloth” and “Sewing with Crimp Cloth” that are available by contacting me.
I love to work with pattern, structure, and color. The satisfaction from conquering the challenge is the motivation for the next piece.
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Hi Diane, I recently purchased both your woven Shibori DVDs making and sewing crimped cloth. I am very excited about starting to make plans for my winter weaving. You have given me some new ideas on different threading to use. What I wanted to ask is; do you prefer using one over the other when it comes to Orlon or Polyester? I had not heard of using Orlon and could not find anything on the internet to compare the two. I thank you in advance for any feedback or reference to resource material. Happy Weaving — chris