Living in the Cariboo region of central British Columbia, Canada, I weave
luxurious wool blankets, soft cotton blankets of all sizes, hand and bath
towels, and classy scarves. Everything I make is designed for long-lasting
use and enjoyment.
I weave to discover how fibres intersect in new
ways. I happily sink into exploring a weave
structure to see how my chosen colours
interact. Every toss of the shuttle and every
draw of the beater to bring the next thread into
the cloth are small steps in the growth of a new
Towels are fun to weave
and help me plan future
blanket projects. I now
make both hand towels
and larger bath towels.
Both sizes make great gifts
and many last for 15 years
Making handwoven cloth for different purposes has intrigued me for over
35 years. I began weaving on a pirta backstrap loom in Finland as a
university exchange student, then I graduated to table and floor looms
and learned about weave structures, fibres and colour effects.
I focus on weaving large wool
blankets, sometimes with
alpaca or mohair. I use
natural, earthy colours or
vibrant tones to create rich,
interesting blankets that suit
a variety of home décors.
These blankets soften with
use, look great over the years
and last a long time.
I also weave lighter-weight
cotton blankets in all sizes
for the spring and summer
seasons. Cotton blankets
are great for a chaise
lounge, baby's crib, friend's
lap, or people who prefer
cotton to wool. All are
machine-washable and the
hemmed ones can also be
tossed in the dryer.
My weaving ranges from classic and earthy to
funky and energetic. I use heathery Shetland
wools, soft but sturdy cottons, and my own
handspun wool and alpaca. The similarities
and contrasts from project to project teach me
things for my future designs.
My weaving is craft: it is functional and my
products are used often, whether it's a cozy
wool blanket for winter evenings, a
lighter-weight cotton blanket, a tablecloth as a
meal's centerpiece, or a favourite cotton towel.
My weaving is art. Users may pause to admire
the intricacies of the blanket wrapped around
them, the detail under their plate, or the
interesting towel in their hands.
From the spark of an idea for a new project, to
the meticulous fringing or hemming, my
handwoven items are designed, produced and
presented with joy and delight.
My blog is the main information source about Cariboo Handwoven and I
blog often about new projects, thoughts and perspectives. The subject
links on the far right of the blog page will take you to posts about
individual works. Cariboo Handwoven is also on Facebook if you want
to find me there.
© 2012 - 2015 Jane L. Perry. All rights reserved.
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My weaving can be purchased in my studio, at several businesses in Williams Lake, BC and from my sister in Ottawa.