Peggy has spent many years handweaving, handspinning, and plant-dyeing. In 1976 as a Peace Corps volunteer, she started and managed the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers in Kenya, and later lived in Ghana with her family. She received an M.A.E. from RISD in 1981, then worked as a weaver in one of the last NE woolen mills. Since 1982 she has worked as a production weaver and teacher. Peggy now weaves multi-shaft patterned blankets on 1940s woolen industry looms. Her teaching experience includes the Penland School of Crafts (2012), speaking at weavers guild meetings, the Clayton Textile History Conference, and NEWS (2015).
Single Color Designing
103, Friday AM
In designing blankets for sheep farmers, Peggy is forever exploring single color patterning: how to create contrast with weave structure and which structures are the most effective. In this session, designing a one-color piece will cover choosing yarns and weave structure(s), determining sett, sampling, and finishing techniques. Considerations in design will include: floats, playing with length and making them “pop;” contrast in warp/weft surfaces (e.g. damask); combining different weight yarns in thick/thin patterning; lace weaves and other textural patterns; and properties of different wool breeds which can be employed in design (considering shrinkage and luster). We will look at examples of single color designs in both wool and cotton.
West African Strip Cloth
503, Sunday AM
Narrow fabric looms are used in many West African countries to weave strips, which are then sewn together lengthwise to make large rectangles. These are worn as wrappers by both men and women, or used as blankets. Alternating warp stripes, weft-face sections, and elaborate weft brocade in the strips results in spectacular graphic block patterning when sewn together. Peggy will discuss the history of West African strip cloth, and show images of both the weaving process and finished pieces. She will bring examples from her collection of Ewe and Ashanti kente (Ghana) and Dogon and Fulani pieces (Mali).