ARTIstry in Textiles

I was raised on a northern New Mexico sheep ranch, and the vivid memories of that experience continue to influence 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 the grateful appreciation 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

“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
12 months ago
Sam Elkins Textiles

We got this done today! A lot of hard work but so much fun... would love to share this exhibit with you. Georgetown Library June 2 thru July 16, opening reception June 13, from 2-4.It's official - our joint exhibition has been launched at the Georgetown Library. Although pretty beat after a day of hanging the artwork, Sam Elkins Textiles and I are quite happy with the results. Hope you can visit and especially on June 13 - 2-4 - for the opening reception!! ... See MoreSee Less

We got this done today! A lot of hard work but so much fun... would love to share this exhibit with you. Georgetown Library June 2 thru July 16, opening reception June 13, from 2-4.
12 months ago
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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! ...

Sunday morning Taos Balloon Rally, 30 degrees, hot coffee, beauty in the sky. A very good start to this day. ...

And here are your 20 seconds of Taos Fall Aspen quaking for the day. You are welcome. ...

This picture does not do justice to the beauty/quality of these gorgeous fibers from my new friend Joe Barry at Taos Wools (www.taoswools.com) Hand dyed Churros in true rich colors. Love finding ethically sourced/local/small batch producers! ...

It’s easy to be inspired with this view from my current weaving studio window. Fall colors, just a bit of snow, and that Taos blue sky. ...

The small adobe nook where I’ll be weaving for the next month. Taos, a never ending view of snow covered Mt Wheeler, bright sun, cold temps, a new supply of local wool. Very aware of my current happiness. ...

So glad I made it to the The Sean Scully retrospective currently at the Ft Worth Modern. Phenomenal exhibit. ...

Nightly quiet time weaving on my favorite old lap loom. Coasters for gifts. And yes… my toenail polish is the same blue as this organic cotton yarn. Simple pleasures. ...

“A Sun Lit Moment” a summer pallet of fibers woven with hand painted papers from Diane Sandlin Studios… yeah, this is workin’ ...

Still working this …2 weavings/same hemp fiber, 1 raw color, 1 dyed black coming together in one large draped piece. ...

Been waiting for a good day to dye this raw hemp for a new weaving. The resulting gorgeous shade of charcoal black came from walnut hulls & iris root. And yes, no matter how careful I am, I still managed to stain my hands…. totally worth it! ...