ARTIstry in Textiles

I was raised on a northern New Mexico sheep ranch, and the vivid memories of those days continue to influence the creation of my weaving. Always remembering the land, the animals, the plants where the fibers originate, I have a keen awareness of the many human hands which process the yarns I now hold in my own hands, and I am forever grateful for these ancient traditions.

Holding strands of nettle, wool or silk, unformed and without structure, I feel an obligation to allow the fiber its own journey through the weaving process. Each piece begins only with my intention for its design and then I simply observe where the fiber takes me….my job being only to guide it through the loom to its final form. Fiber does not obey or conform. It has a mind of its own and I am forever fascinated by the personalities of textiles, which are connectors and always bring me home.

As a fiber artist, I am committed to preserving the traditions and health of the fiber industry. Whenever possible, I use organic, sustainable and humanely sourced fibers. I am, likewise, committed to purchasing from small local ranchers/producers and from organizations providing training and income streams to disadvantaged populations. A percentage of all sales of my work are returned as donations to these efforts…just to keep the threads connected.

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Sam Elkins Textiles

Simplicity in color and form, Turquoise Trail, 18 x organic cotton & silk. ... See MoreSee Less

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“Mercury Leaves and Indigo” 2nd in the Breath in Color series. Hand dyed indigo wools, woven and surface designed with solar printed-photo-transferred aspen leaves. These journeys are never fully planned. ...

As our New Mexico journey comes to an end this week it’s time to recall many lovely moments of the past month… like this herd of wild horses that wandered into our yard this morning… along with a rainbow… you can’t plan this stuff ...

New batch of hemp & linen in my favorite Fall colors. Heading to Santa Fe for 3 weeks for some quiet mountain top/creekside weaving. Hear the aspens are turning similar shades…. Can. Not. Wait. ...

Early morning view of the Moon & Jupiter through the old oak tree. Another hopeful day on this big blue marble. ...

Had such a lovely evening at the opening reception for Botanicals in Warp and Weft exhibit in Ft Worth. Was honored to be in such great company with so many talented Texas weavers …Fiber art is real art!!!! ...

So honored to be showing my work at this pop up event! Los Olivos is a fabulous wine bar-bistro & well worth a visit! Hope to see some new Wimberley friends there June 15th! ...

Detail of Papier, 20 x20 weaving, jute, banana paper, hemp, cotton. Love these earthy textures ...

Detail of Papier, 20” x 20” weaving,… jute, banana paper, flax, cotton. Love these earthy textures. ...

Last day for early voting. And yes, it matters ...

Feeling so grateful for this great new studio space after a long transition. Yep! Sam Elkins Textiles is up, running & back in the business of doing the work I love. Wimberley is fabulous, welcoming & inspiring. We are home! ...

“Pour The Tea Slowly” 3rd in the Transition series, 11” x 11”, bamboo, jute, silk… ...