dianne totten handwovens

weaver. educator. lecturer.

About Dianne

Dianne Ney Totten
Handwoven Wearables


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.

Please click here to download my resumé.

One comment on “About Dianne

  1. Chris Vuco
    September 20, 2015

    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

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