Elytra Textiles

Meet the Maker, Chelcie Wudtke, of Elytra Textiles in Chicago, IL. Chelcie was studying vocal jazz when she first started dabbling in handcrafted art and textiles. She immediately fell in love with it, and a few months later was attending the Art Institute of Chicago.

She currently specializes in small batch and custom hand-woven fabrics that she designs and weaves herself. Her cotton comes raw straight from the source in Georgia, which is where she is originally from. All her fabrics are woven from cotton and bamboo fibers on an eight-harness wooden floor loom.

Chelcie makes hand towels (kitchen and bath), table runners, pillows and wall hangings.

Weaving keeps Chelcie centered, focused and calm. It’s a completely immersive meditative process that brings her a lot of healing and confidence. 

Chelcie founded Elytra (pronounced el-uh-truh) in 2013 and it’s currently a one woman operation located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago. Her other passions include yoga, old jazz and really good coffee.


Welcome to Elytra Textiles!


“Making fabric, thread by thread, is meditative and healing.” - Chelcie Wudtke

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