February 2022

  • You will shortly be able to find a small editions of dish ‘rags’ at Sakai Bar in Toronto, Ontario. Each has been dyed in a natural indigo vat using skills I learned while a student at Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto.
  • If you’re a handweaver, you might enjoy my weaving how to articles with Gist Yarn and Fiber, which you can find on their Resources page. Each month we cover a common how-to or answer a weaving question. The wider series of articles are perfect for beginners looking to skill up and become more confident at their loom, but also a great refresher for those of us who need reminders.
  • For the latest studio news, please subscribe to my studio newsletter – you can read past ‘issues’ by visiting that link.

I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Chalmers Family Professional Development Projects program and the Ontario Arts Council.

Amanda Rataj is a professional artist and handweaver designing textiles and downloadable weaving patterns. I actively exhibit my craft work and have been presented my work at conferences, museums, and festivals. I also work as an art educator and regularly teach weaving at Handknit Yarn Studio in Hamilton. Please visit my About page for more information or explore my hand woven textiles on the Archive page. For downloadable weaving patterns, visit my online shop.