The community is invited to participate in a weaving project on Saturday, July 27th. Peg Cherre, an Allegany County weaver, is leading the activity in the Angelica Park Circle in conjunction with the weekly Farmer’s Market.
Peg Cherre is a hand-weaver from Friendship. She began weaving on a little potholder loom as a child, then learned all sorts of other fiber arts, returning to weaving several years ago. She now owns 4 vintage looms, each of which required lots of TLC to bring into functional operation after years of sitting idle. Cherre predominantly weaves scarves, shawls, baby blankets, and table linens, selecting fibers for their color and drape. She shows her work at juried fine art and craft shows, has a website (www.HandwovenScarves.com) with a sampling of her work, and blogs regularly about her weaving life.
Here’s the story behind the Sheer Color Community Weaving project. A few months ago Staci Curry asked Cherre to demonstrate weaving at the Angelica Farmer’s Market some time this summer. “I told her I could bring my little loom and do that, but I’d rather do a weaving project that involved the community.” The idea all started more than two years ago when a woman on Weavolution (a website for weavers), inspired Cherre with her Front Porch Weaving. “I really wanted to try it and was waiting for the right occasion. Staci gave me the perfect opportunity! I’m really excited about this project,” said Cherre.
The community weaving project is called Sheer Colors and will take place in the Angelica Park Circle this Saturday, July 27th. The weaving will be created during Farmer’s Market hours (9-1) and then moved to its home in front of The Village Closet on Main Street. This means that Cherre has had to do lots of thinking and prep about how to make that viable. She’s now mostly built a semi-permanent loom using 2″ x 2″s and other easy-to-obtain items.
“I’ll do the final assembly on site, then warp it with two strands of cotton. Once it’s warped, I have a dozen 25-yard rolls of tulle in various colors that people will be able to weave into it as the muse/moment strikes them. I have no idea what the finished product will look like, how well the semi-permanent loom will function, nor much else!” This level of uncertainty doesn’t concern Cherre. “If nothing else, we’ll get the community involved and we’ll have a good time in the park.”