Elytra Textiles

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

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. 

Welcome to Elytra Textiles, I’m Chelcie Wudtke