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Carrie JessenWeaverBear Den Handwovens
Artist Statement – I focus on weaving blankets with materials, patterns, and colors common to those used in our colonial period of the 1700 and 1800s. I wanted to weave blankets to be used by historical reenactors. Soon I realized that blankets woven in this way really are just as useful and beautiful today as they were centuries ago. I find that the characteristics of wool, the simple weaving patterns, and the basic colors lend themselves to endless creativity, beauty, and function. The end result is totally gratifying!
Artist Bio – I started learning to weave 23 years ago and have been weaving blankets for most of that time. My husband is a fur trade reenactor and gave me encouragement and advice on weaving wool blankets that would be desirable for reenactors. Over time, I’ve learned that weaving blankets for homes is just as desirable! Wool is my fiber of choice; linen and cotton are my other two favorites. I’ve had several wonderful mentors through the years that have given me informal “education” and coaching. I also work as a registered nurse, have two grown children and two dog “children”. As our children have grown and moved away, I’ve filled rooms with looms and weaving paraphernalia!