The Wooly Worm Forecast

Wooly Worms are usually right about these things

In this case, I’ve decided to add a bit of wool to my weaving. Generally, I like to use cotton and tencel, with some occasional rayon. These fibers dye well, have a softness about them and are easy to care for.

Cotton is a plant fiber you’ll see growing on the side of the road in rural hot areas (perhaps on the drive to the coast!). A lot of insects like to eat it and there are some serious chemicals used on a lot of cottons. The process uses a lot of water, too.  Tencel is a process (patent name is Lyocell) and made from wood. Often these are wood scraps and the chemicals that are used to produce the fibers are used repeatedly, until the chemicals are used up. I point this out because Rayon is also made from wood leftovers but the chemicals are not re-used or re-purposed.  All things to consider

Wool is animal fibers from mammals that are kept in pastures, clearing out undergrowth and trimming grasses. A lot of small farm businesses have sheep, goats, bunnies, llama and other furry creatures. Wool dyes well, doesn’t always use such harsh chemicals and is very warm. There are allergies to consider and often the chemicals used to clean large amounts of wool cause it to be rough.

I try very hard to make good choices in fibers, chemicals and keep a reasonable local footprint. But I do like to travel and visit museums, exhibits, guilds and other fiber-y adventures.

Cotton Neck Warmer with Button

‘Tis the holiday season and I’ll be sharing some work at local shows. Hope to see you out on a fiber-y adventure of your own! After the holidays, it is residency and workshop time. I’m really intrigued by deflected double weave lately, tho the workshops I’ll be sharing involve shaped garments, tapestry and more snuggly projects.

Happy Holidays!

Today is the Day, Now is the Time

The Seasonal Artist

or, How I Make a Living in Creative Economy

  • Sales of Hand-crafted weaving, prints and other work (big pre-estate sale happening now)
  • Workshops and in-school residencies
  • Speaking Aloud
  • Coordinating Festival Events
  • Writing (Grants, Media Content, Web Content)


I love to weave, print, paint, dye and meet people who like what I made and want it for their own collection. Shows are usually only Autumn and Winter holiday time for me, with inventory sold online and in galleries the rest of the year. I post photos on Instagram- so fast!

Workshops and in-school residencies

I teach more in early Fall and late Winter, with Summer workshop times more concentrated. And that works well for me as I have spring to garden and start on fall inventory.

Speaking Aloud

I am often asked to speak to groups about a variety of topics. I have a variety of talking points because I have several “jobs” that mesh together and fill up the year.

Recent examples are:

Non-Profit Board and Organization structure and strategies.

A non-profit board is usually made of a diverse group of very well-meaning and dedicated community members that commit their uncompensated time to an organization. They support staff, usually help to select projects and programs that support the mission of the organization and and make financial decisions- just as any business runs.

Speaker for Guilds

As others have shared with me, it is important that

I share the importance of fine craft, history of textiles and the significance of a personal hand-crafted item.

Career Day

Speaking specifically to school/college groups about Grant Writing, craft fairs, commissions, running a business and other specific work-related details.

Coordinating Festival Events

I have three festivals that I get to work with. They add income plus the artisans I work with are such nice people. The festival is a LOT of work for groups of time, then not so much. Calendars are so important!

This year you’ll find me Coordinating the Maker Marketplace at the North Carolina Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC. And will be working at 2018 FloydFest in Virginia.

Support Local!


The things you think you won’t need to know when you are in school are the things you will probably need! I am a reader and I love to collect words and phrases. I carry a notebook for just that reason! sometimes this part migrates into my sketchbook but not always. When I finished my undergraduate degree I began working at a local radio station and quickly learned that I really enjoy writing advertisements, commercials, on-air content. It is a treat to have your work “performed” by professional announcers.

I went on to write grants that fund my projects. I kept writing content, moved into SEO and social media. I have a page on this website for new work reference. I get to research and learn more about other businesses, I can use my collection of SEO saves and some of those phrases I collect, work from home and add a bit of income to my budget.

As the seasons change nature’s colors change, jobs change and with the mix it usually works out. This year was a tough one as I had some unexpected medic-al expenses and a few other things, so the first annual Pre-Estate Sale is born. I have more inventory and need room for new work and I have some extra bills that I need to pay asap. A sale seems a good start to resolution.

Now is a season for change and flexibility plus some new things to learn are the 2018 plan! Hope you find something you will enjoy in the shop sale!


Workshop Time

Boy, Was I Weaving a Lot!

So  as I work on some ideas for new patterns and projects (I don’t know that I’ll ever run out of weaving ideas!) I’m digressing on some workshops.

I’ve been working on my house a bit, learning some new skills, decorating in my own style! Last winter I painted murals, put up lights and this year it’s floors. I’ve been doing the paper-bag-glue floor. So far, so good but I picked a large room so it is not as speedy as the 2 minute online video! And the cold has slowed down the staining/finishing/ventilation options so while that is on hold, on to the floorcloths!

And workshops!

While I’m working on my floorcloths, why not invest in more supplies and share the fun! They are a great way to personalize home designs and can be traditional, contemporary, bright and subtle.

While I’m curling up with movies and cat-time, I’ve started on a series of image transfers and stitch embellishment pieces to exhibit in the spring. so we have the Image Transfer Workshops!

And, it is time for those wonderful seed catalogues- making plans for warmer days and deciding to keep a better series of journals. So, here we go with the side bound book workshop.  All of the surface design workshops give me lots of options for binding and cover fabrics! Very sculptural, these journals– and I can use the journals for references as to what was i doing? 🙂

Enjoy your winter! Watch for my birthday and Caturday sales this month–  extra unexpected vet bills are an inspiration to have sales.

Happy New Year!

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Well maybe, but this site shares work and projects created by me, Kathryn Gauldin, KGTextiles and Dye Crazy yarns. Working with printmaking, painting, surface design, dyes, weaving of fabric and sculptures I enjoy making wearables, dimensional weaving, presenting workshops to adults and youth and craft festivals. Please contact me with any questions and interest.