Monk Creek Weaving was owned and operated by Sandra Janssen. Though she passed away in February 2020, we hope that her works can provide inspiration for your own weaving projects.

Sandra’s inspiration to become a weaver started while on vacation in 2001 when she discovered a room of dressed looms set up for a weaving class at a small museum in Franklin, Indiana. Her first loom was a LeClerc Dorothy 4-shaft tabletop loom, but she later acquired three floor looms—Glimakra Standard Countermarch loom, Southwestern Rio Grande Cadillac walking treadle loom, and a 16-shaft AVL mechanical dobby loom.

Having grown up with a mother who was an excellent seamstress, one of the highlights of going to town was to visit the fabric shops. Sewing didn’t become a hobby for Sandra, but being able to select and handle fabrics while creating rugs became one of her favorite things to do.

She worked on creating color patterns using narrow strips of fabric to create an impressionistic flow of weights of color, with the goal of using over 100 different fabrics in each rug. Fabric selection included new and repurposed fabrics—cotton, polyester, silk, and some of unknown content—from a stash she built up over the years.