Lioubov Ermalova

Textiles / Accessories

Hometown: East Greenbush, NY

While growing up in Russia, Lioubov Ermalova learned hand knitting from her grandmother. However, even at a very young age, she longed to have her own knitting loom.

Today she makes women’s rayon and lace scarves on her a two hundred needle loom. She buys cotton, merino and silk yarn from Italian and U.S. suppliers. Her scarves are woven in a thin, airy weave that she loves.

She came to the United States in 2004 without knowing any English. When she started doing craft shows in 2009, she would have her teenage daughter with her to act as translator. The need to communicate with customers forced her to rapidly improve her English speaking skills.