Laura Fry chose weaving as a career in 1975 and took weaving classes at every opportunity, including studying at Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta and Varpapuu Summer Weaving School in Finland. She started her business in 1977 and, since 1980, has worked full-time as a professional handweaver.
Laura's business focus has evolved with the changing economy and market trends from a concentration on table textiles to weaving yardage on contract for a fashion designer. In addition, Laura teaches throughout Canada, and the United States, writes for a variety of textile publications and wins awards for the beautiful clothing fabrics that have always been her passion. After years of work and study, Laura earned certification as one of Canada's Master Weavers, the 27th weaver, to achieve the honour.
Laura's meticulous approach to weaving quality fabrics is characterized by her attention to wet finishing, a procedure often neglected and little understood by most handweavers. In Magic in the Water: wet finishing handwovens, Laura Fry shares her expertise derived from years of research and experimentation. Her guidelines make professional-quality finishing achievable by every handweaver, hobbyist and professional alike. By examining her actual fabrics, both before and after wet finishing, you will understand why Laura says, "It isn't finished until it is wet finished."
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