My Hand woven Rug Studio specializes in creating designer area rugs made from recycled textiles.
I travel to Pendleton, Oregon to buy pure virgin wool 'loom waste', grown, and processed in the USA, directly from the famous woolen mill. I also weave with scraps from a sock/hat/scarf factory in North Carolina who themselves start with recycled t-shirts (I love thrice-used Egyptian cotton!). There are so many ways of weaving a rug out of old jeans, and I relish experimenting with them. If you would like to know more about the materials, please see the material page.
Each rug that I hand weave carries its own story. Sometimes it is simply that the material is recycled. Many times the cloth has come from a very special place, or is quite old. In each case I try to tell the whole story. My favorite is the woolen rugs made from field trousers worn by American soldiers in the Korean War. My brother-in-law was in Korea when he was just 19 years old. I wove a rug out of the field trousers for him, and it was such a moving experience. The rug seemed to have a personality. Who knows what those pants saw so many years ago. If you own a rug made from Pendleton loom waste, its story will grow as it ages. Many years from now someone will wonder what went on in that rug's life; what stories it is holding.
I currently own six large floor looms - including three antique, two harness rug looms, a pair of jack looms, and my biggest loom - an eight harness countermarche loom. A small counterbalance folding floor loom that is especially useful for place mats and table runners is handy for taking to demonstrations. Lastly a couple table top rigid heddle looms, and a Navajo loom that I built myself complete my loom collection.
- $80: if I provide the weft material.
My motto is "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."
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