I'm up in Anacortes, Washington for the Anacortes Art Fair. As usual, I came a day early to get a feeling for the town and to be ready for artist check-in and booth setup this evening. While I was strolling around the charming downtown I looked in the doorway of a shop and saw a 10' AVL production rug loom being used to weave the most gorgeous carpets.
I was a little shocked, honestly, to stumble upon such a thing. There are so few weavers around. I walked in and met the really sweet weaver, Dolly J Hein.
She showed me around and demonstrated how she carefully places row after row of incredible tapestry strips, chenille yarn and more. The results are simply breathtaking. Her color and design sense is refined and delicate. I was truly impressed.
Her business model is totally different from mine. She has a showroom in a town with a lot of tourist traffic and sells some carpets that way, but much of her work is commissioned. She keeps a table of swatches ready for consultation and is ready to weave in any color palette imaginable.
If you'd like to know more or work with her to create a stunning carpet of your own, visit her website: www.rugsbydollyj.com