An informal conversation and demonstration with weaver Karin Gerstel in the SML Circulation Room.
Join Karin Gerstel, of Undermountain Weavers, along with SML staff members Karin Goodell and Julia Hobart, who will demonstrate and invite others to observe and contribute to our community project on the Tabletop Heddle Loom currently in SML.
Karin Gerstel & Joe Woodward own and operate Under Mountain Weavers, in Salisbury Ct, working and living just yards away from where Gerstel’s parents established the company in 1970. They still weave on the 250+ year old loom Karin’s father, an Austrian emigrant, brought from Scotland where he learned textile design and weaving, in the 1930s. Joe & Karin now weave cotton & bamboo napkins, towels & tops; chenille shawls & scarves; as well as blankets & rugs with wool from local sheep. Their work can be found at the Salisbury General Store, Great Barrington’s Railroad Street Collective & The Local in West Cornwall – or by contacting their home studio, as well as local craft markets.
Keep in mind: in the fall we’ll gather to see the Under Mountain Weaving studio to learn a bit about the warping & weaving process, after visiting some local sheep, for a “sheep to shawl” field trip!