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Balancing Point, a place and a process

I was hard at work capturing the late winter colors for my garden mandalas, and watching for the early signs of spring speckles in my favorite trees. The summer glory is now abundant  at Shaker Square Market, where I've promised to be from 8am-Noon on 2nd and 4th Saturdays,  this summer.  We are gathering under the sky, growers and makers and friends of the surrounding lands, to remind us how much humans together can nourish each other, with a little sensible distance for hygiene and comfort.  Stop by and see what a long winter can become. 

                                                      Joanna Ettorre

Knitweaving: Painting with loops and lines

Tapestries, Mandalas, and wearable accessories


In varying mixes of knitweaving and crochet, these round tapestries begin  woven on a knitting loom,  and  then mounted on a metal ring, to be embellished by crochet with gemstone chips and beads.  

squared/rectangle Tapestries

The beauty of knitweaving lets me choose what background, free-formed row by row, can be created, then mounted on a porous background.  Building up layers of applied fibers with crochet, needlefelting, and occasionally embroidery, I could go on indefinitely

Fiber/gemstone accessories

When a striking colorway gets leftover from a tapestry series (I marinate them with existing and hand-painted fibers like an exquisitely chosen meal), I sometimes capture it in small pendants and pins to ease my way out of a series that needs to end, to help me let it go.

Series available, watch for new pictures, for samples of custom pieces you can help design.

email for details, or to schedule a studio visit in Cleveland Hts.

Deep Woods mandala, seasonal tributes to the trees we love

5" and 6" pieces, $30-45 

Key of Sea mini-tapestries, inspired by the edge of moving waters

Priced $30 and up

Drop of Fire mandala, inspired by lava sites and inner fires. 

$40 ea.,   Three 5"x7" panels -- $110 and up

samples of current work

Deep Woods series

Key of Sea 5"x 7" series

Deep Woods 5"x7" series

Drop of Fire series


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