Category Archives: Nikki Crain

Nikki Crain: Studio Tour Ten Artist

“I am a weaver, who first sat down at a loom in 1983, and have been on a learning odyssey ever since. My favorite pastime is designing new pieces and playing with colors, sometimes dyeing my own yarns. I make cloth that industry can’t produce. I prefer to work with natural fibers such as cotton, wool, silk and rayon.  Why shouldn’t functional household items also be beautiful and bring pleasure to the user?

Math plays a big part in weaving and I like to take it to a higher level by using the Fibonacci sequence in many of my designs.”

Website: handweavingbynikki.com

Nikki is the featured artist for STUDIO TOUR TEN.



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Stocking Stuffer Boutique, Saturday Dec 4, in Three Rivers

Join six great artists for the fabulous and fun Stocking Stuffer Boutique, at the home of Three Rivers artist Karen Kimball, from 11-5 pm . Free gift wrap and loads of holiday cheer. For more information, call 559-786-8623.



Three Rivers Artists Blog STUDIO TOUR 9

Jana Botkin:
Day One
(1st time open on Friday)
Day Two (talking with visitors about China, drawing lessons, and old car in a field)
Day Three (thanks for coming…)


Jana’s studio before visitors arrived.

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Martha Widmann:
Studio Tour 9 (“I really enjoyed talking with people who had a visible response to the images and which put us right into conversations regarding feelings and perspectives about our lives…”)


Martha’s outdoor gallery lining the entrance to studio.

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Nikki Crain:
Studio Tour Reflections
(“I enjoyed meeting new art lovers and visiting with old friends.”)

Math and art intersect with Nikki’s Fibonacci towels.

Studio Tour 9 Photo Essay #1

In the Studios with the artists of STUDIO TOUR 9, held on March 19-20-21, 2010.

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Anne Haxton: light sculpture
Anne was the featured artist for STUDIO TOUR 9.


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Rick Badgley: handcrafted furniture

Rick Badgley's Studio, enjoying Stickley chairs

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Carole Clum: clay and metal sculpture

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Elsah Cort: collage, photography, mixed media

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Nikki Crain: handweaving

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James Entz: sculptural paintings

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Aranga Firstman: collage, water based mixed media

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Photos by Marion Hultgren and Elsah Cort, all rights reserved.

Meeting the Studio Tour Artists: Nikki Crain

Nikki Crain
handweaving, soy candle making

blog handweavingbynikki.wordpress.com

“The why of how I got started weaving is still mystery to me.  On the way to and from my home, I saw the sign for the “Loom Room” on South Fork as I went past the Seaborns’ Ranch in the early 80s and told my husband, “That’s for me.” At that time, I didn’t even know what weaving entailed, only that I desperately wanted to learn. Being surrounded by the beauty of Three Rivers makes me want to create beauty. Also, the contacts I have made here (former members of the Loom Room) have helped me immeasurably. Just driving past the Loom Room seemed to plant the seed in me.

A friend showed me how to weave on a loom with a very simple demonstration. Only one formal lesson in weaving, 25 years ago, after working on my own for a year.  Otherwise, friends helped me informally and I “picked the brains” of other weavers, experimented and read and continue to read a lot. I have attended many workshops and conferences studying many aspects of weaving.

It is a great mystery to me as to why I love weaving so much.  My husband asks if it isn’t extremely boring doing something so repetitive.  That has never bothered me.  I love to watch the woven piece grow under my shuttle or across one of my many looms. I like to line up the threads and make order out of the chaos that seems apparent at the beginning of a weaving project.  I have no idea why I was so drawn to it.  It seems to be a part of my DNA. Was there a weaver in my past?  A distant ancestor? I really don’t know.”



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How to get Studio Tour tickets…earlybird price until March 5.

Nikki Crain featured at the Art Co-Op

Three Rivers weaver, Nikki Crain, is the featured artist for the month of January at the Art Co-Op.
A reception will be given for her on January 2 from 2-6 pm.

“Weaving is my delight! I enjoy using beautiful natural fibers and yarns to make practical items to wear or use. Each handwoven piece is one-of-a-kind or limited edition. I create cloth that can’t be duplicated in a factory.  Playing with dyes reminds me of opening a new box of crayons in kindergarten. What fun awaits! I also love candles and want the healthiest ones possible so I pour natural vegetable soy candles.”