Carmen Shenk is a textile artist, YouTube vlogger, and speaker who helps women become more shameless, fearless, and authentic versions of themselves in a world addicted to conformity.

I weave in the Saori tradition on a rigid heddle loom in full glorious color. I weave with yarn and recycled fabric and use the handwoven cloth in my sewing and upcycling. I am developing a vintage-inspired personal style and capsule wardrobe of handmade, upcycled, and thrifted clothing and accessories. I document my creative process on YouTube.


Join me for “Weave & Mend” LIVE Wednesday 10 am EST on YouTube for a live demonstration of Saori weaving in action, PLUS… put your prayer requests in the chat and I will very happily pray for a blessing for you.

Visit my YouTube playlist to see the latest thing on the loom. It’s always changing and always colorful! Weaving New Cloth (& Stories)


Playlists of things I made myself:

I am a follower of the homeless man from Nazareth and a prophetic voice with spiritual roots in the Anabaptist Mennonite faith tradition. My empowering message is for all who have been living in the margins, waiting for permission to be and do.

I am becoming a woman of the cloth, both as a fine art weaver, but also as a follower of Jesus. Join me as I weave, preach, Q&A (usually asking rather than answering) and pray.

My Austrian and I lived in a tiny house on wheels of 125 sq ft for 3.5 years. Our experience was transformative and led to my first book, Kitchen Simplicity, and speaking at tiny house events all over the country. Even though we no longer live in a tiny house, I continue to be a minimalist (with the notable exception of my yarn collection).

Playlists on lessons I learned from life in a tiny house:
Playlists on life after the tiny house…

My handsome husband Xaver Wilhelmy is an inventor, designer, and certified pipe organ builder. See his bio on Wikipedia. We own Geshenke aus Glas, and are the founders of the Wilhelmy School of Pipe Organ Building. We enjoy making off-grid low-tech changes and updates to our property, and we enjoy a simple and beautiful life with our sweet squeaky-ball-obsessed border collie named Coco.

Other goodies…