I think of quilts as paintings made of fabric. The technique of quilting layers of fabric to produce bedding, clothing, and even armor can be traced back centuries. I am inspired by early quilt makers who produced functional pieces that were also truly beautiful, often made with scarce or repurposed textiles. My quilts are based on traditional quilt block designs. My quilts may use a variety of fabrics and colors or may be simply two fabrics. I want my quilts to be used. They are not intended to be stashed away and they are not just bed coverings. I use machine piecing and machine quilting techniques. My fabrics are all cotton and battings are mostly cotton. My hope is that my work is enjoyed by others and that this early American art form is carried forward in future generations.
I am a hand spinner, weaver, knitter, and crocheter and I like to experiment with felting and other textile related work. I prefer to use natural fibers, but find it sometimes necessary to include man-made fibers.
My weaving includes rugs, place mats, table runners, scarves, and shawls. The rugs are primarily re-cycled cotton or wool. I really enjoy the challenge of re-purposing used textiles into “new” functional items.
I knit, weave, and crochet hats, scarves, socks, gloves, and mittens and I use my hand spun yarn in some of these items. I also knit and then felt wool hats and embellish them with hand embroidery. All items are my own original designs.
I would like to demonstrate weaving on my small four harness floor loom. I will prepare re-cycled clothing/fabric and then weave it into “hit or miss” rag place mats. I enjoy weaving very much and like to share it with others. Both children and adults are welcome to weave on my loom.
The Waterford Quilters Guild of Waterford, VA creates an original quilt to be raffled off each year at the Waterford Fair. The quilt is hand or machine pieced by the members of the guild and is hand or machine quilted. The proceeds are used toward preserving the tradition of quilting and to promote knowledge and understanding regarding the art of quilting. We range from traditional to modern quilting techniques. We also support various causes in the Town of Waterford.
The inspiration for all of my work comes from 19th c. examples, designs and motifs and are original adaptations of period styles. Figurative work (dolls, bears, Santas) are created from cloth and clay with vintage materials used as appropriate and available. My applique work and penny rugs are made of felted wool, which is often overdyed to get the colors I want and are stitched by hand. Each one is an original.
Handmade brooms are constructed of broomcorn and sapling handles or hand-shaped wooden handles. Various sizes of domestic brushes, including kitchen and clothing brushes, are made using only broomcorn and twine. The history of broom-making, including Shaker and Appalachian influences, are discussed during show demonstrations.
I create original pictures using a miniature needle and a single strand of cotton thread producing a series of approximately 1200 loops and stitches per square inch. My technique creates intense detail, surface texture, depth, and a sense of motion.
The technique was used on a larger scale for punched rugs in the 1800s. It was also used on a smaller scale for folk costumes.
I will be demonstrating the technique on a miniature rug.
As children of the 60’s, we wanted to save the world, or at least leave a small footprint. Wool allows us to design and create without guilt.
Our sheep are sustainable, kind to the land, and grow an outstanding fleece just grazing on our back hill. Our 100 ewes produce enough wool to allow us to design and knit many garments and provide our customers with the highest quality yarn. This cycle is repeated every year, making wool an unrivaled renewable resource.
We chose Border Leicester sheep for their easy maintenance and fabulous fleece. Soft, long lustrous fiber that is easy to dye, spin and knit turns work into joy. As the fleece frees itself from the sheep during shearing, we skirt the wool, leaving only the best and most beautiful to be knitted or woven into “one of a kind” garments. Just as a sculptor lets his marble speak to him, the wool speaks to us. It is the inspiration behind our designs.
What an honor to put a new twist on a 10,000 year old craft!
Handmade, one at a time Carpetbags made in Woodstock Va. Made from upholstery fabric, with leather rope handles, fabric straps and brass or antique brass locking mechanisms. Wooden bottoms with brass stud feet. Inside pockets, some with zippers. My carpetbags have been in movies like Tombstone, Bewitch, The Lone Ranger, Hell on Wheels (western), Last Man Standing and many more.
In 1973, following a Waterford Foundation sponsored weaving class, several students joined together to form the Waterford Weavers Guild. They wanted to improve their knowledge of weaving and share with others what they had learned. As the guild matured, the emphasis changed to encompass all the fiber arts with a goal of ensuring the continuance of the long history of hand weaving and other fiber arts in Virginia. Members practice traditional and contemporary weaving, spinning, dyeing, knitting, crocheting, and felting. Using predominantly natural fibers, Guild members produce clothing, accessories and functional domestic items in traditional and original designs. Sale items include clothing and accessories, towels, table linens, wall hangings, fiber based jewelry and baskets.
In our booth Fairgoers will be able to try their hand at weaving a traditional towel on a four shaft loom and spin wool into yarn.
I am a mixed media artist working in natural fiber, wood, repurposed antique or vintage fabrics, leather, and clay. I use antique, wooden hat molds to create wet and needle felted merino wool or alpaca hats, scarves, bags and pins. I hand carve people and animals from wood or sculpt them from clay to create primitive, mixed media art dolls using salvaged fabrics, leathers and found objects to dress and accessorize them. I use hand tools and traditional methods in all my creations. My felted pieces are functional art, preserving the use of vintage tools and reviving fashions. My dolls are sculptural extensions of my interest in folk art, in preserving worn textiles which might otherwise be discarded, and in maintaining a sense of nostalgia for historical treasures.