Ruby Leslie maintains a full-time weaving and teaching studio in northern Vermont, where she designs her own line of handwovens as Ruby Charuby Weavings.  Boundless enthusiasm for sampling and experimenting, especially with color and its interaction with structure, has guided Ruby's creative endeavors from the beginning of her weaving career 30 years ago.

Handwoven magazine's invitation to become a contributing member of their 'Color Forecast' series, creating swatches on a regular basis, was the impetus for Ruby to streamline her design process. This fueled her desire to share her insights about how to successfully integrate color, structure and yarn in weaving without having to dye yarn or rely on recipes.

Ruby has taught above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway and Greenland, as well as at Convergence, regional conferences and guilds throughout the US.  She was one of three weaver/designer teams invited by the Handweavers Guild of America to create a collaborative runway ensemble for the second Design Fashion Challenge at Convergence 2010 in Albuquerque, NM.  The rhythms of her looms inspired her children to produce the music video Getya Loom Goin' for their "Ma, the Weava."

   .............................. On the Personal Side ...........................

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I grew up in New York City, in the beachside
community of Belle Harbor (Rockaway Park).
Childhood friends know me as Robin Phillips.


I attended Hunter College High School (the "castle" on East 68 St), class of 1970, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Inuit sunglasses

My husband Ken is an artist and art professor at Northern VT University (formerly known as Johnson State College)

Ken drawing


    We raised our family in northern Vermont, in the town of Hardwick, once considered down and out...
Leslie family hardwick rocks
    but now a hotbed of the locavore economy and home to Buffalo Mountain Coop (one of the oldest
    member-owned food coops in the state of Vermont) and the Center for an Agricultural Economy    (whose mission is to strengthen Vermont’s local food network and build the agricultural economy).

ruby discovers weaving tencel warp chains Ruby entrapped in warp    I learned to weave in 1987         ............ and immediately ...........                  got entwined!

  These days you'll find me weaving in my studio, exhibiting at crafts shows or teaching around the world.