Heather started weaving in Toronto in the early 1970's after taking an evening course. She joined the Toronto Weavers' Guild, bought a loom, some yarns and began to weave.

 

 

In 1978, while living in the eastern Ontario village of Fallbrook, Heather developed her weaving into a full-time business. She joined the Riverguild in Perth and sold through stores in Lanark, Ottawa, Toronto, Collingwood, Banff, Niagra-on-the-Lake and St. Jacobs.

 

Left: Heather weaving in her Fallbrook studio, 1980.

In addition, Heather attended craft shows including the One of a Kind Spring Show and Christmas Show in Toronto, Nepean Christmas Craft Show, Fair November in Guelph and Festival of Spring in Ottawa.

After the recession in the late 1980's the market for weaving changed and Heather concentrated on other persuits, including her farm and editing businesses.

Above left: cape with shawl collar in light wool over cotton and silk skirt, from 1983.                                                                                                              Above right: wool boucle jacket, late 1970s.

In 2005 Heather returned to the craft as natural fibres and handwoven clothing are once again in fashion.



Three examples of batwing tops from Heather's early 1980s lines.
Left: wool/brushed wool shot with rayon. Above: flutter top in cotton/rayon. Right: cotton/silk.

Heather now concentrates on women's casual country clothing in natural fibres such as wool, cotton and silk. Colour has always been the focus of her work and she tries to emphasize the texture of the woven fabric with simple designs to create classic, timeless garments. All garments are hand finshed with knitted or crocheted accents. Fastenings, when used are made from natural materials such as wooden, bone or horn buttons.
Above: silk and wool sweater, knitted collar and cuffs.

Heather has a number of looms and uses or adapts traditional weaving patterns for them.

Her favourites are a Leclerc 4-harness 45" counter balance loom, a Clement 4-harness 45" jack loom and a recently-acquired but long-coveted Leclerc 8-harness 45" jack loom. The latter is an older model and has an unusual jack mechanism. The Clement also has an interesting jack mechanism that is a direct tie up so each harness has its own treadle and works independently allowing a great variation of patterns.


Above: short cape in wool, windmill twill, 1979.


Heather weaving at Elphin Mountain Farm, 2005 on a 4-harness counterbalance loom.

In the wings, Heather also has the 36" jack loom on which she first started weaving and a massive Leclerc 8-harness 60" loom, neither of which are used at the moment. The big 8-harness is heavy work to treadle and a full 60" warp isn't necessary for most of the clothing Heather makes.

Below: cocoon wrap in wool, undulating twill, 1981

  
Left: Clement 4-harness 45" jack loom. Right: the newest acquisition in 2011 - a Leclerc 8-harness 45" jack.

Heather's clothing is available at various stores and craft tours and shows in eastern Ontario.