THE MAKER: ASHLEY OWENS
This stay-at-home mom of two runs weaving business Black Sheep Goods from her hometown of Nashville.
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.