JRAC Member

Julie Hurd

Bellaire, MI
p: 231 533-5464


Julie Hurd enjoys all textile arts but focuses on handspinning, weaving functional items and art to wear, and designing knitwear. She has been weaving and spinning for over thirty years. She began working with fibers as soon as she could hold a needle to sew, inspired by grandmothers who were dressmakers and a mother who sewed, knitted, and made rugs. Her very first creative efforts were garments crafted for dolls and teddy bears. Visits to historic sites as a child instilled in her an interest in spinning and weaving that was finally satisfied with a gift of a loom and spinning wheel from her spouse. She has studied with numerous teachers and taken classes and workshops whenever an interesting opportunity arises.

Julie now owns three floor looms: a 4H LeClerc Nilus (that first loom), a vintage 4H Norwood (made in Michigan of cherry), and an 8H Schacht loom. She spins wool and silk on three Ashford wheels: a Traditional, a Traveler, and a Joy. Her current projects include garments that combine handwoven fabrics with knitting and surface embellishments, textiles for her home, original designs for garments knitted of handspuns, and “teacup terriers,” palm-sized dogs created from needle-felted fibers. She enjoys using natural dyes to color handspun yarns that are used in her “Antrim Autumn Series” of knitted, woven, and hooked pieces that feature the colors derived from plants and berries collected from her gardens and the fields around her Antrim County home.

Julie has exhibited her work in the Rare Threads shows at the Jordan River Council and at fiber conferences and exhibits in Michigan and Illinois. Recent awards include prizes for fashion garments and original knitted designs.

Julie enjoys attending guild meetings and workshops, fiber festivals, and weaving and spinning conferences. She teaches classes in weaving, knitting, dyeing, and working with polymer clay. She is a member of the Jordan River arts Council, the Lake Charlevoix Area Weavers Guild, the Michigan League of Handweavers, and the Handweavers Guild of America.