From the moment she threw the shuttle through the shed, Kathy fell in love with weaving. Alongside a rewarding career of journalism, graphic design, marketing, organic farming and non-profit program management, she found her way to her first weaving teacher in 2005.
After moving to Gill in 2008, she took intermediate and advanced weaving classes at the Vermont Weaving School in Putney, Vt. and then entered into a six-year intensive weaving program and earned her Master’s Certificate in weaving from the Hill Institute in Northampton, Mass. in June, 2018.
She loves sharing her joy through weaving and draws inspiration from nature and the magical world around us to design and create beautiful, functional scarves, shawls and home goods that enhance one’s home or lifestyle.
Specialties are her original “Story Scarves” and “Story Shawls” that share tales and life experiences woven into fabric with vibrant colors and rich textures. She often incorporates novelty yarns and contrasting fibers into the same piece.
In 2011, weaving became Kathy’s full-time profession. She
weaves mostly on her two 40″, 8-harness cherry Norwood looms, and also on an 8-harness Schacht loom. While she started off weaving mostly chenille scarves, today her lines include brightly colored ponchos, wide shawls/blankets, scarves in complex weave structures including deflected doubleweave, twills and color-and-weave structures. In 2019 she introduced clothing in the form of swing vests to her production lines.
See all of her work at one of the 20-25 high-end juried shows she participates in annually, throughout the Northeast and beyond. For a show schedule, please visit www.firecrowhandwovens.com.
Contact her at Kathy@firecrowhandwovens.com.