December 2020: 

  • If you’re a handweaver, you might enjoy my weaving how to articles with GIST Yarn and Fiber. We published part one of How to Buy a Used Loom in November – stay tuned for part two!. 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.

  • I’ve published a new weaving pattern! The Soap Bag downloadable PDF weaving project is a super fast and easy project ideal for making quick handwoven gifts and using up leftover yarn in the studio. I planned this pattern long before our increased need to handwash and control the spread of viruses was our on radar worldwide, but now it seems extra timely.

  • I’m pleased to share that a local shop, Black and Smith, is now carrying some of my handwoven work. Not only does Emma make and sell her amazing wood fired ceramics through the shop, she also stocks other potters, jewellers, glass artists, and more. Shopping local is more important than ever this year – please spend your money on supporting small artists and craftspeople!

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.