I began as a fiber artist in New York City, first as a weaver, then as a batik artist making fabric for garments. I sold silk yardage to designers, as well as one-of-a-kind garments to Henri Bendel and private clients through my business, Elione. I studied weaving at the Penland School of Crafts and fabric design at The Fashion Institute. My husband and I co-owned a successful fine-crafts gallery located inside the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, for 20 years. I have also been a craft writer, authoring and or editing more than 30 instructional craft books on a wide variety of topics.