Leila Mikkelson Preston I have loved working with fiber and art since I was a child. I grew up watching my mother sew, my father crochet and my grandmother weave rugs. I learned to knit while in college and have had knitting needles in my hands ever since. I was introduced to weaving at Holden Village in Washington. I fell in love with weaving and all its possibilities. Over the years I have taken many seminars and classes to increase my knowledge of the art and have been weaving for 26 years. I love to do liturgical weaving for churches; designing paraments, vestments, banners and puppets. I also enjoy weaving for the home i.e. table runners and wall hangings, etc..
Felting spinning and calligraphy and the book arts are also some of my interests.

I believe visual art plays an important role in the life of worship. The images and symbols connect and bring us into the story and presence of God. Visual art can touch the spirit and speak to us in new ways as we gather together to worship the Creator.
In planning the design I like to begin with conversation with the committee. When possible I visit the facility and try to incorporate design elements from the worship space into the weaving, or harmonize the weaving with the space. I use a variety of fibers such as, cotton, linen, wool, rayon, and metallic. The woven pieces are usually backed and lined. Weaving is a slow process and I usually need at least a three month window for designing and weaving a project.

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Phone: 320-760-0397

Email: Leila Preston/Threads in Harmony

Website: Threads in Harmony

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