About the Artist

KatherineMurrayPhotography_ActonCreative00014Born in central Illinois, Christine (Chris) Acton was raised in the Midwest by a family of avid crafters and musicians. From her grandmother (the 1950’s Home Economics Goddess) to her Aunt Laura (craft store owner), Chris developed a love for all things made with pipe cleaners and googly eyes at a very young age.

Educated in Interior Design and Music Performance at Indiana University, Chris was educated in fine arts and then led a successful career in Interior Design/Space Planning for the next 13 years.

Throughout this journey, she continued to be called to fiber arts and crafts. In 2005, she took her first weaving class and found her footing as an artist. In 2008, she left the corporate world to pursue her art full time, founding Acton Creative, LLC. Her work has been featured in Fiber Arts Magazine and in galleries across the US.

Today, Chris is based in Northwest Indiana at the base of Lake Michigan, where she is active in the local weavers guild and a number of creativity groups.


A Letter from Chris

Hello Friends!

I’m so glad you’ve dropped in to take a look around my website! Almost 10 years ago, I was fortunate enough to discover my passion – weaving! From the minute I walked into Tammy Deck’s class at TLD Design Center in Westmont, IL, I was completely hooked! Stunning yarn, beautiful equipment, fun accessories, and textiles with infinite possibilities – what more could you want? To learn this age-old artform has been a fabulous adventure and I want nothing more than to share my enthusiasm!

I work on a 30 year-old Schacht floor loom in a gorgeous honey color. Looms are beautiful pieces of furniture even if you don’t have a project on them! I typically work with (2) different styles of fabric, traditional and recycled. When developing traditional fabric, I like to work with cotton, wool and any other wonderful yarns available. For the recycled fabric, I enjoy taking neckties or silk scarves and turning them into something new and exciting. Both techniques have become important in creating interesting products!

As a designer, I’m continually drawn to patterns. Are they going faster or slower? Are they alternating back and forth between each other? Are they stable and solid, or light and energetic? They constantly fascinate me! Thus, my weaving becomes a vehicle for translating these patterns into visual, tactile works of art!

My hope is that you’ll not only enjoy all the woven gems, but you’ll be inspired to create something yourself! You never know where your artistic journey may lead….

Enthusiastically Yours,
chris

12 thoughts on “About the Artist

  1. Hi! I live in Indianapolis and am interested in trying some weaving. I have arthritis and am no longer able to knit comfortably and though this might be something I could do. Do you know of any local beginning weaving classes or groups I could contact for information?

    • Hi! As a matter of fact, you have an excellent resource just north of the city. There is a fabulous weaving store in Arcadia called Tabby Tree Weaver, run by Linda Adamson. She is wonderful! And she is very connected with the weaving community. So, if anyone could fix you up, it would be her! Weaving is so fun! I certainly hope you will enjoy it! Let me know how things go! I would love to hear about your progress! Good luck! chris

  2. Chris, I am a 20 year old from Central Illinois, Jacksonville to be exact, and I go to school in Springfield, Missouri for Design Art and Fine Art. I have found that my passion in life is weaving. This past summer while at home I found the Peoria Weavers Guild and was very happy when they allowed me to come to a meeting and experience what they work on. Do you have any recommendations for resources/contacts/etc for the Central Illinois area? Thanks so much!

    • Hey Penelope! It’s wonderful to hear from you! Sadly, I am not as in tune to the Central Illinois area these days. But, the weaving community is pretty small! So, let me chat with some of our more established members in the Duneland Weaver’s Guild (my local guild) and see if I can find some information for you! I’ll let you know what I find out! chris

  3. I just learned to weave a few weeks ago. I’m starting with plain and tabby weave towels, but have a dream of weaving fabric to sew a dress for myself. Your blog is wonderful, thanks!

  4. Hi Chris. I want to tell you a story. I have a favorite aunt. She gave me her rug loom when she went to the nursing home because they already had a couple. I took it and stored it for several years in a spare room under a sheet. I made a set of place mats…then a small rug…then a big one. now I can’t stop…now about my aunt. she loves the place mats and has the rug beside her bed. She made the right decision and she is still my favorite aunt.

    I weave baskets and cane and weave chair seats. Memory chair made from “grandpas” ties are keeping me busy this holiday season. I have bags of ties. I mean BAGS of ties. Since I have a rug loom…I must try to make rugs from ties. Any suggestions? Cameron K.

    • Hi Cameron! Thank you so much for the story! It’s good to have a favorite aunt! Mine was Aunt Laura, who’s house was packed with everything googly-eyed, glittered and hand-made!

      As for using the ties, you can always treat them like you would the weft in a rag rug. That’s roughly the process I use when weaving neckties into my fabric. I like to crack them open, take out the guts, and cut the tie into strips that will be woven into the fabric. The width of the strip and the density of the tie fabric will help determine how bulky your finished product will be. And while you could sew the strips together, I’ve found that it’s not necessary. The tightness of the weave will typically lock them in. I’d recommend using the same warp yarn you normally would for making rugs. You can play with the spacing of the warp to see more or less of the ties. It’s all personal preference at that point.

      I hope that helps! I would love to see the rugs when they’re finished! I have no doubt they will be beautiful and unique! Thanks for reaching out! chris

  5. Hi, Chris,
    We had a wonderful conversation on Saturday at the European Christmas Market in Chesterton about weaving. You were showing me how the washed cotton fabric is softer but harder to see the pattern. We talked about the First Friday event in Goshen, Indiana, and the ArtWalk event in Elkhart, Indiana. Here is some information for you about contacts for Elkhart: Steve Gruber is in charge; he owns Arts on Main, 205 S. Main Street, Elkhart, In. He has a blog for the Elkhart Truth called Art Sense. The last one for the year was yesterday. The next ArtWalk will be next year. I think they are held quarterly. The First Fridays in Goshen are monthly. I don’t have a contact for that event but I’m sure if you google it, you’ll find some information. Good luck! I enjoyed your enthusiasm and friendliness about your artwork.
    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth Hocevar

    • Elizabeth, thank you so much! It was lovely to chat with you! I appreciate all the information! I’ll definitely do a little research to see if it’s something to add to the schedule! Happy Holidays! chris

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