Welcome to the first edition of my new series, "Single-Maker Saturday." In this weekly post, I hope to introduce you to an artisan who adheres to the true spirit of creating handmade pieces. May I introduce to you Martha Witcher of Thistle Rose Weaving, Metamora, Illinois.
Martha works out of her home-based studio in Illinois. She has several floor looms, all of which are warped and ready to be turned into cloth. Martha's overshot patterns are extraordinarily beautiful and you will be hard pressed to find a finer example of this handweaving technique (which, by the way, is very difficult to do and involves the use of multiple shuttles but somehow Martha manages to keep her threads from turning into spaghetti and makes it all work together!)
Here is what is especially unique about Martha: she is a self-taught weaver. I daresay that most of us cannot claim this. While weaving takes a lot of self-discipline and time alone at a loom, most of the handweavers that I know have taken at least one or two formal classes, including yours truly. This speaks highly of Martha's level of dedication to her art. She is a credit to handweavers everywhere.
So, if you are looking for a special, carefully crafted item to grace your holiday table this year or for a lovely gift for a hostess, do stop in and peruse Martha's shop. Martha also authors a blog, where you can see photos of her works-in-progress & learn more about her handmade process.
I am fortunate to have a beautiful item that Martha made in my sewing room:
it is a treasure and a fine example of her artistry.