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Cate Buchanan has been weaving for over half of her life, which astonishes her. She weaves both professionally as the Senior Product Development Designer at Perennials Fabrics in Dallas, and personally on a rapidly growing collection of looms at home. Complex weave structures are her main interest and she continues to experiment with new weave structures and arrangements.
I started weaving over 40 years ago, but didn’t keep it up in a consistent way until the late 1990’s. I studied weaving with Anna Barry, and have learned a lot in the Dallas Handweavers Study Groups. Early on, I started entering the State Fair of Texas. I enjoy preparing the entries and participating in the fair. The four pictures show different entries from past State Fairs. The rug with blue squares is a 4 thread block weave. I used variegated yarn for the squares. The scarf in the display case is a rose path pattern. A friend, who used to weave, gave me some gray silk. I wove two scarves for her, using the silk as the warp. The multi-colored scarf is from the Study Group when we studied Echo and Iris. The tencel yarn made a wonderful weight. The rug is a summer/winter variation where I manipulated the colors throughout.
I have been spinning for about 20 years and weaving for about 10 years. I also enjoy dyeing my handspun yarn and sewing using my handwoven fabric. I like to weave scarves and hand towels.
Shannon first learned to weave in college. Nancy Mack, her weaving teacher, required all students to take a semester of "off loom weaving" before she would let them go any further. Weaving with cards, Inkle looms, and found objects, she became hooked and progressed to loom weaving, knowing that weaving would always be a part of her life. Her favorite yarns to work with are cotton and silk, although she likes linen and linen blends and often incorporates them into her work. She is strongly attracted to color and usually buys the yarns she likes first and then figures out the project. Her primary weaving projects are for the home, like towels, runners, and napkins; though, scarves and shawls are often on one of her looms.
I have been spinning since the late 1980s and weaving since the mid 1990s when I discovered that my hand spun yarn was accumulating and I wasn’t all that interested in knitting. I started with a table loom, then moved to a floor loom and then got a great deal on a 59” Toika, which I still have, and am now playing on a rigid heddle loom. Through-out it all I have remained a spinner.
I took a class at CHT on weaving tape on a rigid heddle which reignited my interest in band and tape weaving, and another class in January on Clasped-Weft on a rigid heddle loom. Eventually, I may go back to my floor loom. But for now, I enjoy the ability to “warp-and go” and design on the fly, without a lot of planning which the rigid heddle loom allows me.