THE MAKER: ASH­LEY OWENS

This stay-at-home mom of two runs weav­ing busi­ness Black Sheep Goods from her home­town of Nashville.

Do It Yourself - - MEET THE MAKER -

What’s the story be­hind the name? A: I’ve al­ways been called the black sheep of my fam­ily and friend group. I’m just the silly, out-there, goofy one. I also feel like I don’t have a set artis­tic aes­thetic. I’m like a Pi­casso who has dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods—I can’t just stick to one thing.

How did you come up with the idea for the Pop Out Loom?

A: As I started weav­ing, I re­al­ized that there wasn’t an easy, all-in-one way to learn how to weave. I wanted to design a weav­ing kit that in­cluded ev­ery­thing— the loom, nee­dle, shut­tles, pickup stick. With a laser-cut loom, there’s so much neg­a­tive space in the mid­dle. I de­cided to put all the tools in­side the loom, so it all just pops out and there you have ev­ery­thing you need to weave.

What do you love about weav­ing? A: I love its re­lax­ing, med­i­ta­tive nature. My hus­band likes to say that the only time I’m not talk­ing is when I’m weav­ing. It helps me just zone out and recharge, all while us­ing my hands to create some­thing beau­ti­ful.

What’s your fa­vorite project to make? A: Tapestries are one of my fa­vorites be­cause you can see it grow­ing as you’re cre­at­ing it. On the flip side, ice dye­ing is really fun be­cause you’re not quite sure what it’s going to look like in the end!

ASH­LEY OWENS TOOK UP WEAV­ING FOR CU­RIOS­ITY’S SAKE AFTER SHE CAME ACROSS A VIN­TAGE LOOM AT AN ES­TATE SALE. WHAT BE­GAN AS A HOBBY EVOLVED INTO A FULL-TIME BUSI­NESS AFTER SHE LAUNCHED AN ALL-IN-ONE WEAV­ING KIT, WHICH IS NOW SOLD IN OVER 250 CRAFTS STORES.

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