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1. How did you get started weaving?My mom and dad had a loom in their garage and they just wove for family, friends and gifts. Then when Dad got to the point he couldn't weave anymore it bothered him the loom was just sitting there. So it found its way to my garage. One day I was out there weaving and a gentleman stopped and asked if the rug was for sale. I said it can be. And then we were off and running. Now we do about five craft shows per year. This keeps us as busy as we care to be.2. How many years have you been weaving?I've been weaving nearly 15 years. My weaving is a hobby that pays for itself.3. How did you learn to weave?I learned from my dad and also by trial and error.4. What do you use when you weave?All of our rugs are “green” rugs because they are made from recycled material and clothing. My husband, Don, does all the cutting and all of the sewing I need done for the rugs.5. How many rugs a year do you make?I honestly don't know. Maybe 250 to 300. We sell the rugs at the Ottoville Community garage sales, Paulding Flat Rock, Van Wert Apple Festival, Putnam County Library, and Old Fashioned Farmers Festival.6. How long does it take to put the warp loom?To wrap the entire warp on warp beam and feed it through the heddles, we figure a day. Once the rags are reading for weaving, I can weave a yard in an hour. When we warp up we warp up for about 30 rugs.7. Do you ever demonstrate how you do your weaving?Yes, I have shown students how it's done during Remembrance Day at the Ottawa Senior Citizen Center and at craft shows. They need more volunteers to do weaving on the loom they have at the Ottawa Senior Center. I'd be glad to show volunteers how to do the weaving there.8. How many looms do you have?I have several. It's a trade secret how many I have. Many times people will say they have an old one in their basement and ask if I want it. That's how I get my looms.9. What do you most enjoy about weaving?It's relaxing for me. I can go by a pattern in a book or just wing it when making a design.

Tell Me About It: Weaving a family tradition

Tell Me About It: Weaving a family tradition

Tell Me About It: Weaving a family tradition
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