"Exploring infinite ways to create patterned textiles at the loom drives my fascination with weaving. I am drawn to intricate structural interlacements, but am thrilled when simple combinations of structure, color and texture yield beautiful, complex-looking woven textile designs. I insist my handwoven textiles feel as luxurious as they look, and I am on a continuing quest for fibers and techniques to achieve that result.

For me, the learning is as exciting as the creating, and my desire to share that learning by teaching others is a primary focus of my continued development as a fiber artist."

Karen Donde weaves garments, fashion accessories and home textiles for sale and teaches beginning-advanced weaving classes and assorted workshops for guilds and conferences.

Teaching credits include HGA’s Convergence 2012 & 2014, Southeast Fiber Forum, the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Assn.’s Workshop Weekend and Sutherland Handweaving Studio in Asheville, N.C.

Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and a 2013 graduate of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts-Fiber program.

An experienced and award-winning writer with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and its Weaving Today email newsletter, and serves on the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board.