Kathy Weigold

Weaving

I learned weaving skills through courses taken at the Marshfield School of Weaving located in Vermont. There we used equipment of the 19th c., this gave me a deep sense of connectivity and I was hooked. I was opened up to a world of color and texture and patterns with endless possibilities.


Weaving over 35 years, one gains so much just by doing and experimenting. Over those years and to this day my primary occupation has been producing handwoven fabrics for designers, to their specifications. On my own time, weaving continues with one of a kind items for the home. A particular yarn may set off a series of ideas or a season that may inspire certain combinations of colors.  The design and creation of scarves provide me with opportunities to play with color, pattern, and texture. Chenille, a yarn known for its velvety texture, is unparalleled for its luxurious softness, drape, and intriguing play of light and shadow. Each one is unique.


I approach rug making in the same way. Using several strands of wool to create a sense of movement, they are evocative of landscapes, sunsets over the ocean or mountains. The rich colors of fall, the delicate greens of spring or a rainbow after a summer shower offer abundant inspiration. Tradition and practicality merge in my use of rags as material for rugs. I have been weaving green throughout my career, reusing and repurposing materials whenever possible with surprising and often exciting  results. Once again, practicality led me to create a line of dish towels that absorb water easily and leave no lint behind. No two are alike, they are fun to make and use.

 

Four poster barn loom, circa late 1700's. I've woven miles of fabric on this workhorse of a loom over four decades. The heavy structure is very good for making tightly woven rugs. I use my Ggrandmothers walking wheel to wind bobbins and use a hand held flying shuttle or rag shuttles for weaving.

Creating amazing braids, incorporating these into scarves is very exciting and has spurred very unique combinations and patterns. No two are alike.

Upcycling of rags or multi-strand wool rugs - all natural materials- densely packed- easy to care for- quality material for years of use. Rugged enough for  the entryway. Soft for the bathroom or bedside. Good by the kitchen sink too. I've turned customers favorite old fabrics and clothing into usable items again. They love keeping memories alive in that fashion.

Color abandon with rayons for drape and softness. Inspiration comes from stained glass windows, flowers, butterflies, autumn colors, sunsets, seaside delights, rocks. Makes a great accent for any outfit. Casual or fashionable flare.

Cosy wools for that little extra warmth when you need it. Wear as a sweater with shawl collar or shift to be on a  diagonal for a wowing dynamic with a rolled collar. Loopy, fuzzy textures, tweeds and heathers all mix together for a soft, lightweight, 3 season use. Perfect for patio dining.

 I was tired of buying towels that didn't dry the dishes and shrank to half their size. I made my own and found out how well they worked. I prewash and machine dry them, so they are ready to use. They are soft and absorbent and  leave no lint behind. Also good for table decor. Customers say they won't use any others now. Made with 100% cotton. 

 

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