About Lyla and Her Handwoven Goods

My Story

I grew up studying music and loved sewing and making my own clothes, but there was something lacking.  I had tons of design ideas in my head, so after high school I went to college and studied interior design.  Colors and texture for the whole home was intriguing for me, yet still something was missing. 

Since I loved to make my own clothes I switched my major to fashion design.  While I was learning this design skill I was saddened by the fact that the fabric stores were turning their focus from clothing fabrics to craft fabrics.  My heart was aching for more.  This is when I discovered weaving!

It was Perfect for me

weaving draft and loom

Weaving and Music

When I first looked at a weaving draft it reminded me of a music score, and the treadles of the loom reminded me of the pedals of the organ. I couldn't wait to combine my two artistic loves and see the results.

purple warp on loom

So the Lessons Began

I studied weaving in 2007 in Mountain View, California, from Hannalore Cole, a master weaver from Germany. I took all the classes I could before my husband retired and we moved to South Dakota. In 2013 I started my business and with my love of design, texture, and fashion, I now weave home goods and apparel.

Handwoven Dishtowel ina  M's &W's weave structure

Now I offer weaving lessons for you to create your own handwoven goods at my studio as well as at the local recreation center.  I hope to pass on my love of weaving as well as the art form. I also love to spin my own yarn and knit. Fiber and fabric are my favorite art mediums but weaving cloth is like playing music for my soul!


What's on my loom now

New Yarn!

I just bought this hand dyed, colored warp braid from "Carr Park Artisans" on their Etsy shop!  The fiber is Tencel and it drapes like silk. I'm going to use it for the weft and I can't wait to start weaving samples (with the solid color) to determine my final project.  

Come back soon for updates!