Darby Downey grew up in Washington, Harford and New York but mostly in New York City. She attended the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and followed that with a career in Graphic Design. The Graphic Arts lead her to weaving, which she has been doing for the last 29 years. Her work in the graphic arts has influenced her weaving as far as her work with color blocks, lines and stripes.

Darby has taught classes and workshops in painted warps and beginning weaving. "A Taste of Weaving" at the High School of Fashion Industries 10th Grade with Terry Henley. She has also taught Card Weaving at the Anthroposophy Society, as well as a warp Painting Workshop at the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild. She has given Weaving and Spinning Demonstrations at the Dyckman Farm Museum, King Manor Museum, "Medieval Festival" and the New York Public Library.

She has sold her work at ArtRider Craft shows at Lynhurst, NY, Westfield, NJ, Boston, MA and the Helderberg Weavers Annual Show and Hudson Mohawk Weavers Guild Show & Sale at the Pruyn House, Albany, NY.

Darby weaves Painted Warp, Inlay, Rep Weave, and Boundweave Wall Hangings and Boundweave, Plain, and Twill Rugs.

In 2002 Darby and Terry Henley founded Cross Town Shuttlers, a weaving challenge group in New York City.


"I find blending colors is fascinating. Everything changes when you change the sequence or pair different colors. When I design a rug, I choose colors I like but some of them really can't be beside each other. It becomes a challenge to include them all and have them work together. I like to experiment using colors that don't appeal to me and find they are beautiful when I put them next to the right colors.

I prefer to weave boundweave rugs as it gives me a blank canvas to work with and I can revise my designs as I weave."

My rugs are all original designs. Only one is woven from a design. They are all linen warps with wool weft. Rugs 29 x 46 range from $200 to $300 ."

3 x 5 boundweave rug. Linen warp and wool weft