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This photo was taken by Jerry Dodrill at a recent photo shoot of my work. On the left is my beautiful model Leslie Hanson and that's me on the right.

My name is Abby Bard and I've been weaving and sewing most of my life. I grew up in Washington, D.C, and as a kid I wove potholders and rafts out of Popsicle sticks. My grandparents taught me to sew by hand and when I was 12 years old I took a summer class in machine sewing and began making my clothes. I moved to San Francisco in 1969, and earned money designing and sewing clothing, some of it embellished with embroidery and patchwork. In the winter of 1973-1974 I spent several months in Central America, and learned to weave on a backstrap loom in Panajachel, Guatemala. My first weaving teacher was Lucia DeLeon Queche, a Guatemalan woman of Mayan descent. On my return to San Francisco, I studied weaving on a 4-harness floor loom at the DeYoung Museum school with Anne Wilson, and met my dear friend and mentor Rebecca Lyon.

In 1977, the year my son Joey was born, our family moved to Sebastopol, California. Two years later, I began weaving for Margaret Fisher and her handwoven clothing company Greentree Weaving. I spent four years at Greentree, ultimately supervising production and designing color schemes. I left Greentree to pursue my own business, Abby Bard Designs, designing and weaving fabrics for home and office interiors, and selling them through interior design showrooms around the country. In 1988 I scaled back production and returned to weaving clothing, particularly wool capes, hats and throws, and the rayon chenille scarves and hats which are the foundation of my current line.


I'm very grateful that my work has connected me to other weavers around the world, particularly through my travels to Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Thailand. I am honored to be a part of this beautiful tradition. When I'm not weaving, I'm most likely in my garden, a constant source of inspiration. I write for Sonoma West Times and News, and their quarterly magazines, Sonoma Discoveries, and Homes and Lifestyles, about gardens, food and the culture of Sonoma County. I'm also a Certified Massage Therapist. And I'm the proud mother of artist and sculptor Joseph Bard, currently studying geography and living in Portland, Oregon.


Lucia and her daughter Paola


Demonstrating weaving to ARTrails visitors.

My weaving studio is at my home in Sebastopol where I see clients by appointment, and welcome the public for ARTrails during October and to a group show in December. Visit www.artrails.org for more information about ARTrails.

Please contact me if you would like to visit the studio or be on my mailing list for future shows.

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