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.



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.”