I was studying vocal jazz when I first dabbled in handcrafted art and textiles. I immediately fell in love and a few months later I was attending the Art Institute of Chicago where I’ve lived for 13 years.
Weaving keeps me centered, focused, and calm; it’s a completely immersive meditative process that brings me a lot of healing and confidence. I currently specialize in small batch and custom hand-woven fabrics that I design and weave myself. All my fabrics are woven from cotton and bamboo fibers on an eight-harness wooden floor loom.
I founded Elytra (pronounced el-uh-truh) in 2013 and it’s currently a one woman operation located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, IL. My other passions include yoga, old jazz, and really good coffee. I’m Chelcie Wudtke
Welcome to Elytra Textiles!
“Making fabric, thread by thread, is meditative and healing.” - Chelcie Wudtke