Jensen was born in Portland, Oregon and has
continued to live there all her life. She attended
DA. Grout Elementary School, Cleveland High School,
and Portland Community College.
During elementary school she learned to
crochet, knit, sew and make punch-needle rags
In 1975 Blithe taught herself to spin using a
drop spindle. After completing a bulky, " thick and
thin" sweater for her brother, she graduated to a
In 1985 Blithe had the opportunity to learn to
weave on floor looms. A36"-wide loom was
borrowed from an otherwise-busy friend, and a
50"-wide loom was acquired_ soon after. A number of
other looms in various sizes and styles have joined
the family in the intervening years.
Blithe joined the Portland Handweavers Guild in
September of 1985 and has been an active participant
their annual sale.
For a time she wove for a local weaver,
producing table linens, pillows, lap-robes and
coverlets in traditional colonial "overshot"
patterns. Some of this work appeared in two issues
of "Early American Life" magazine. During this time
she also had a lap-robe chosen for a temporary show
at the Smithsonian museum.
In 1997 Blithe became a member of the Larch
Mountain Country Artisans. She continues to enjoy
her association with them. In 2002, while visiting a
friend, Blithe was introduced to the craft of
basketry. Having limited space and time, she has
enjoyed what little she's been able to do and looks
forward to challenging herself more in the near
Blithe strives to produce affordable, practical
items to be used on a regular basis, rather than
"special occasion" pieces. Her -fun is in creating
with color, fiber, texture and pattern, then seeing
things find a good home.
Sewing, weaving, knitting and other textile
techniques play a big part in the "fabric" of her