Although her family has had a home in Stephentown, NY since 1765, Isabel Krebs spent the first 11 years of her life in the Philippines. After World War II, she and her parents moved back to the United States and her father took a position in Chicago. Isabel studied Education at Northwestern and the University of Chicago. She worked for years as an English teacher, both in New Lebanon and Connecticut, where she and her husband moved after their marriage. Upon their retirement in 1997, Isabel and her husband moved back to the family farm in Stephentown, where they currently raise llama and alpaca for their fiber.
For 11 years, Isabel worked as an Interpreter at Hancock Shaker Village where she learned Shaker techniques of weaving and basket making. Building on knowledge of basket weaving she learned from a class in Lake George in 1990, Isabel began making baskets in the Shaker style. She makes baskets for a variety of uses, such as egg baskets, market baskets, and cheese baskets, and sells her wares at the Williamstown Farmers Market. Isabel enjoys the freedom and creativity designing baskets allows. While inspired by Shaker designs, Isabel’s baskets include her own experimentations with color, material, and style.