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

Simplicity in color and form, Turquoise Trail, 18 x organic cotton & silk.Image attachment
2 months ago
Sam Elkins Textiles

Detail of Papier… 20 x 20 weaving, jute, banana paper, hemp and cotton. Love these earthy textures. ... See MoreSee Less

Detail of Papier… 20 x 20 weaving, jute, banana paper, hemp and cotton. Love these earthy textures.
5 months ago
Sam Elkins Textiles

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

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

“Crescent Moon Bring Us Something Good”. 12” x 12”bamboo, silk, banana, kudzu. Working Small for the Transition Series, Sam Elkins Textiles. ...

Studio may be temporarily closed but using my beloved Swedish lap loom and “working small” is keeping me in the game. “Life is a Series of Now Points”, 9”x11”, linen, kudzu, banana, silk ...

It’s weaving studio packing day! Sad to put my work in boxes… but enjoying the cleansing effect of sorting…AND I found that skein of rusty red linen I thought I’d lost! Mostly I’m excited/grateful for the other half of this process…unpacking in my new studio in just a few weeks. Onward! ...

My studio work (Sam Elkins Textiles) will be taking a short break while we prepare to move to our new house in Wimberley, Tx in March. A brand new spacious light filled studio space awaits… as do many new weaving opportunities, hill country adventures & new friends! Stay tuned! ...

It may not be “art”, but there’s something very satisfying about weaving, washing & blocking a batch of simple cotton dish towels… ...

Sunrise on our last morning in Taos. The month has gone so fast, but we loved every minute. We’ll be back next year as always because this is the place we come to feed our souls and eyes. Stay strong and be well New Mexico! ...