Amber Kane: Textile Designer and Creativity Educator
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I watched her move those needles rapidly and with precise rhythm, and with even more amazement I watched that ball of beautifully soft yarn transform from a ball into a sweater, blanket, scarf, a mini sweater for my doll named Allison. I had to learn how to do it, and so in 3rd grade I picked up my first pair of knitting needles, I learned how to cast on and cast off, and the difference between knit and pearl, and then I figured out how to design a hat, that I would sell to all of my stylish 3rd grade friends. ( Looking back, I”m not so sure that we were very stylish)
That was the year that textiles and I fell in love, and while we took breaks throughout life, we always return to each other.
I didn’t get my hands on my first loom until I was in college. I wish that I could tell you that it was love at first sight, but it was more like over the first week of class we learned to hate each other, and throughout the semester we slowly made up.
Warping the 4 harness floor loom was my downfall. The knots, twisted threads, but most of all, the tension, oh the tension was so bad, that we ended up hanging gallon water jugs from parts trying to make it equal so that I could weave. You feel my pain don’t you.
Looking back on my frist experience with a loom, it seemed unlikely that I would make the decision to purchase one and become a textile designer, but I did, and now I find setting up the loom theraputic ( however, a bit painful for my back). Side note: I just dressed my new Mirrix loom for the first time and let me tell you, it was as easy as they said it would be, and the tension… well is perfect!!!!! No water jugs needed.
So back to how I ended up here, chatting with you. I became a textile designer because I have an obsession with creating, and was producing so much that selling some of it became essentail; plus people kept asking if they could buy my work, and who was I to turn them down 😉
Along with creating art, I also spend a lot of teaching it. After teaching high school art for 8 years in the public school system, I made the decision to resign ( that’s a long story that we aren’t going to get into). Now you can find me teaching in my home studio, online through PA homeschoolers or at the local art college.
I’m excited to spend the next year sharing inspiration, instruction and ideas about how you can create with your Mirrix Loom.
- My husband and I have been married for 9 years, he’s a personal trainer, and awesome cook.
- We have a cat named Velo, and Shiba Inu, named Peca
- Favorite books to read when I’m feeling uninspired, anying by Steven Pressfield
- I live in Lancaster City, PA
- Just started playing with tapestry weaving in the last year
Can’t wait to get to you, leave a comment and say hello.