Working Weavers Studio Trail – making cloth visible again
Last weekend I delighted in visiting eight weavers as part of the Second Annual Working Weavers Studio Trail in Western Massachusetts. The weavers prepared trail maps, detailed directions and a studio passport to have stamped at each location, with the possibility of winning a handwoven item upon visiting 6 of the 8 weavers. My daughter and I delighted in the drive that wound through the beautiful autumn country roads of New England. At each studio we reunited with old friends and teachers, while also making new friends, and concluded that weavers and textile lovers are a happy, friendly bunch.
As you can imagine, each weaver has their own style, color palettes, design elements, and genres of weaving. Their studios are filled with the results of creativity, blended with countless hours of diligence. Like the local farmers at your farmer’s market, these weavers are welcoming others into their studios to see where textiles are made right in their own communities. They are a skilled group of artists who are professional weavers. And they are making cloth visible again.
Below is a collage of each studio stop in the order we visited. I hope you enjoy this mini-tour and encourage you to visit the Working Weavers Studio Tour website and facebook pages for more information and photos!
Chris Hammel – Ekphrasis Defined Designs
Paula Velveta – Studio 338 Handwoven
Scott Norris – Elam’s Widow
Sue McFarland – Wool & Weft
Wool & Weft requested “no photos”. However delighting and talking about fiber and textiles were definitely welcomed!
Mariliyn Webster – Whimsy & Tea
Elizabeth Hill – Plain Weave
Lisa Bertoldi – Weft Handwovens
Emily F Gwynn – Hands to Work Textiles
My trip to MA for the Working Weavers Studio Trail had been in the planning for over a year, and I was thrilled to have my daughter, who is living in MA accompany me along the trail. Here we are at the end of the day – happy, hungry and oh, so very inspired!
p.s. I can’t resist telling you that the grass we were standing on and the car parked upon is mixed with herbal thyme and we delighted in the delicious fragrance of each and every step!