Roving Textiles | Meet Michelle: Weaver, Teacher, Toolmaker

August 2, 2017

Everyone, meet Michelle Chesson: the awesome weaver and teacher of Roving Textiles!  Michelle has been a long time FibreShare participant, and we are constantly blown away by her wall hangings.  But these days, we are crushing SO hard on her new adjustable weaving looms. They’re handmade in Canada by her own Dad.  How sweet is that?!  Read about Michelle below, but afterward, you’ve got to follow her on Instagram.  She’s a dazzling beacon of knowledge and kindness in our community!


Roving Textiles Michelle Chesson Handmade Weaving Looms

Where do you work?

I work from home in my studio, but lately it’s been on the kitchen table to be near my little one.


How/when did you fall in love with the yarn world? Did someone teach you, or are you self-taught?

Oh, I’ve been knitting for almost 20 years on and off, but it wasn’t until I started working at a yarn shop, did I fall in love with yarn. I fell in love with weaving on a trip to Mexico. The bright colours and the use of yarn sparked something in me. I wanted to learn asap, but I couldn’t find any workshops anywhere near me. So after picking up my first loom that came from the other side of the world, I taught myself how to weave.

Roving Textiles Michelle Chesson Shag Wall Hanging

Family and friends began to ask me to teach them too! Then friends of friends wanted to learn and through the grape vine strangers were asking. We also didn’t have any looms made in Canada, so I asked my super talented Dad to make me a loom. And that is the beginning of it all. Now I teach workshops all over Ontario, Canada and my Dad is creating gorgeous looms that are being used around the world!

Roving Textiles Michelle Chesson Adjustable Weaving Looms
Where can we shop for your products?

www.rovingtextiles.com

What are some of your favorite materials/tools?

I really like to use silk and handspun, hand dyed yarn. I am in love with our comb that my Dad designed for me. It had a great weight and the perfect width.

roving textiles weaving comb
What are your other hobbies?

Well most of my spare time is spent with my daughter Layla. When I do have time a like to trail walk, read and swim.

What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever made and then sold/given/traded?

Hmm, that’s a hard one. I enjoy the challenge of creating a custom piece, but it’s been a game changer using our Adjustable Loom.

Do you have any fibre-crushes? People who inspire you?

Do I have enough room?! Little Loom, Elizabeth Pawl, Lisa Pate, Lauren Mooney, Mo and Mum, Three Queens Interiors, can I go on?!

Roving Textiles Michelle Chesson
Do you have any favorite fibre books?

Not really, I just peruse Instagram likes it’s my favourite magazine.

Any new skills/products you’re excited to be developing right now?

I just ordered a whole ton of 100% cotton rope. I cannot wait to try knotting!

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