Celia Dionne became interested in weaving after receiving handwoven wedding gifts. A few years later she took a basic weaving class and joined a weaving guild. She opened the first Clara’s Loom in Franklin, Tennessee and participated in many fine art shows in 15 states, often winning awards. Dionne moved to the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast in 2008 and opened Clara’s Loom as a Fiber Studio and Arts Gallery. After she began wholesaling and teaching, she rebranded the business as the Coastal Textile Center. Clara’s Loom remains the name of the retail division and artist label of Celia Dionne.
But, who is Clara? When I first started my business I wove on an antique loom dated circa 1828. It was a big hand carved barn loom that was pegged together and had only one piece of metal. It was the centerpiece of my shop so it was only natural to name it after the original owner Clara. This loom now has a home at Greenbank Mill in Delaware.