Backyard Memories


Staff and participants at the Total Life Center Adult Day Care sampled fiber arts and helped to create a tapestry collage over 12 sessions. Their work ended just before the Stay at Home orders began. Sessions in wool dyeing, rigid heddle weaving, plank loom weaving, and rag strip ripping for peg loom weaving. Much of the equipment was handbuilt and the tools handmade to facilitate senior enjoyment. The last 2 sessions were devoted to twining of green yarns to make the flower stems. Mike Hardee assisted in the effort. Fences had to be painted white. The May 2020 Artspace opening has been delayed indefinitely. The artwork will be installed back at TLC.

Exploring Fibers Hard to Soft

My Hands On Fiber Exploration Cart NC Museum of Natural Sciences 2020

Fibers Ranging from Hard to Soft:

White Oak Basket woven by Mr. Neal Thomas

Grapevines, Grapevine Basket

Longleaf Pine Needle Basket

Dried Spring Bulb Greens, wet and dry

Flax stalks and processed fiber, linen cloth samples

Cotton, cotton cloth samples

Behind the desk, my drop spindle and wool to demonstrate yarn spinning

Weaving Community


Great participation in the community art project at the Kidzu Children’s Museum PopUp at Hillsborough Elementary in the first week of April 2019. While checking out Kidzu’s play centers and fun activities, folks made all kinds of wee knot people and flowers from fabric strips and then wove them into a 18′ X 4′ screen. Another table was set up where little fingers could weave yarn and snack back strips into a sun and rainbow. After the popup event was over, the screen was transported to Kidzu and more people and flowers were added.

Rainbow Weaving Table in front of the 3D Mural
Weave the People!