Hi! I’m Misti Dayton and I’m a fiber-holic. At the age of five, I started sewing with yarn at my mother’s knee, while she sewed my dresses and play clothes. At nine, my aunt taught me hand stitching and embroidery. After ninth grade home-ec class, my mother caught me smuggling her sewing machine into my room. I’ve been sewing clothing and home items ever since.
During my teen years, I had brief encounters with weaving during art class and living history exhibits. Then in 1999, I finally indulged my fascination with weaving and learned this ancient craft. What great pleasure it is every time I weave a scarf, shawl, or fabric. It’s like magic on the loom. Now, I teach weaving to others so that I can pass on these skills and the magic.
Over the years I’ve tried my hand at many other fiber craft. Some I like better than others, but I always enjoy the process of learning them even if I move on to other things. These days, I spin, knit, crochet, and felt, as well as miniature punch-needle embroidery, in addition to weaving and making magic.
Misti teaches Rigid Heddle Weaving.