Jain Faries is Mox Nix Textiles. She began working with textiles at age six when she started hemming her own clothes. She learned to knit when she was ten , and still does. She learned to crochet lace from her Grandmother in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. She taught herself quilting in the early 70s, and won a blue ribbon in the professional class at the National Quilters Association convention in New Orleans around 1977. Her knowledge of vintage fabric borders on encyclopedic. She’s also a gifted seamstress, and does exquisite needlework. She is truly a one-woman textile mill.
Jain and her mother, Bette, learned hand-spinning at The River Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Then Bette gave Jain a loom and a number of weaving books, and she attempted some rudimentary weaving, resulting in perhaps the ugliest set of unusable rag placemats ever woven.
In the fall of 1993 Mox Nix began when the interior designer for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) found two coverlets at its booth at a craft show there. By the time the dust cleared, Jain had an order for 90 coverlets and was officially in the professional weaving business.
Since then, Mox Nix Textiles has participated in some of the most prestigious, juried art/craft shows in the nation, and Jain's work is available in museum shops, traditional home furnishing shops, and galleries throughout the US and Canada. That and three bucks should get you a quality latté.
Jain strives to recreate the overshot textiles that were woven from the late 18th through early 20th centuries. Overshot was a home weave, well within the grasp of any competent weaver. While Mox Nix often uses what appear to be contemporary color combinations, all the colors they use are traceable to antique textiles.
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