Sadly, I have only recently learned that the Dutch weaver Erica De Ruiter died in March; Erica specialized in weaves that use 4 or fewer shafts.
Although I did not know Erica, I was always excited when I found one of her articles in Handwoven Magazine and I thoroughly enjoyed her book ‘Weaving on Three Shafts’.
In an effort to honor Erica I thought that I would share two of my very favourite articles by Erica, one in Handwoven Magazine and one online at WeaveZine.
In the November/December 2007 Issue Erica’s article entitled Three Towels ~ or One Wall Hanging ~ or Both; is such an exciting idea.
you can purchase this magazine from Interweave Press as a download.
The second really special and completely inventive article can still be found on WeaveZine and it was written by Erica in September 2008. This is a recipe for making a Spiral Zipper Bag using a long zipper and a length of inkle band. I found this so interesting and I have had it on my Want To Make list since I first found it. I am inspired by Erica’s ability to think in a non-linear way and to create beautiful and functional items in ways that I had never considered. I have included the link to WeaveZine here.
Our weaving community is much poorer since March and I will miss the joy of opening up Handwoven Magazine and finding one of Erica’s gems inside.