About Me

8 2 13 smile sepia jpegI’m originally from Owensville, Ohio; a small farming community in the southern part of the state.  Now I live in Old Town, Florida; a rural town next to the beautiful Suwannee River.  We have a wonderful hiking trail called the Nature Coast Trail that crosses the river, and we’re surrounded by enough nature to inspire any Artist.  I’m was a cosmetologist for over 30 years, and now have the time to pursue my interests and start this website to share with the rest of the world.  I’m a member of The Gainesville Handweavers Guild, and regularly attend the Inkle Weavers Group, Tapestry Weavers Group and the Spinning Group that meet in Gainesville.  We’re fortunate to have a large group of talented members.

I’ve always had an intense interest in creating with my hands, and a fondness of archaic forms of art, particularly in the Fiber Arts.  I learned Macramé around the age of 10 from a neighbor, and Crochet around 13 from a friend of my Grandmothers.  I was reintroduced to Crochet by a friend’s Mother at 21, and taught myself how to sew and follow a pattern.  I then  moved on to various forms of Needlework.  While that might be enough for most people, I had an interest in other forms of Fiber Arts, but no one to teach me – the Internet was unheard at the time.  When the Internet came around, it became my new tool.  I readily absorb as much information about Fiber Arts as I can find.  I still consider the Internet the best source of information, from blogs, to instructional sites, and videos, or links to books and workshops.  In my thirties I taught myself to Knit, a limited amount of Bobbin Lace, Kumi Himo, and Lucet braiding.  In my forties I learned Tablet Weaving, Inkle Weaving, Navajo Style Weaving and Spinning.   I’ve tried my hand at Jewelry making as well, some Silver Work, Russian Silver Filigree, Chain making, and beading.  I love it all, but prefer to do crafts that I can enjoy from my living room and communally, rather than sequestered in a room somewhere.  I love to make my own tools, and using tools made by other Artisans.

I attended a workshop on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, and learned Navajo Style Weaving from Sarah Natani.  It’s an experience I’ll never forget.  I hope to make it back in the near future, as there’s so much I have to learn from her.  I took Silver Classes at the local Art Center for several years and studied with Tom McCarthy, a skilled artist well versed in multiple disciplines.  Distance studies with Victoria Lansford to learn Russian Silver Filigree and attended a Chain Making Class with John Fetvedt at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia.  I’ve taken small workshops in Viking Knit with Silver Wire, Precious Metal Clay, Fiber Spinning, Fiber Prep and Tatting – actually I’ve taken more workshops than you can shake a stick at.  I’ll give anything a try that strikes my fancy.

Since most of my skills are self-taught, I’m always looking for holes and weakness in my technique.  It always seems to be a struggle to learn new techniques and skills.  It’s my hope this site will provide a forum and community where people can visit, learn a new skill, improve a skill, share their experience, and find camaraderie with other people with common interests.  Before I moved here and found the local guild (an hour away from me), I didn’t know anyone who shared any of these interests.  So I’m reaching out and sharing, and if nothing else, showing the world what’s on the loom, needles, or wheel.

Thank you for visiting,

Janean Easley

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