Leila Mikkelson Preston
I am a Fiber Artist. I have been surrounded by knitters, crocheters and weavers since I was a little girl. My grandmother knit, my dad crocheted and my maternal grandmother was a rug weaver. I love the feel of fibers in my hands and am always excited to see what new ways the fibers can be used to create new pieces; and not just the expected knitted sweater or woven rug. A large portion of my commission weaving is for churches. I have woven many paraments, pastor's stoles and banners for churches. I am and have been a member of fiber guilds and find endless inspiration from my fellow fiber enthusiasts.
I first learned to weave while living at Holden Village in Washington state in 1980. I have since then taken many workshops and classes in the art of weaving and have only begun to scratch the surface of all there is to do and learn. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and love of the art through teaching others in small workshops or privately.
I have shown some of my work at the Minnesota Federation of Handweavers and Fiber Artists annual gatherings and have received a couple of awards from my peers. I have also shown my work in Alexandria MN through the Alexandria Arts Group and have woven garments for a produciton of Hamlet at the Andria Theatre in Alexandria.
Check out my website ThreadsInHarmony.com.