Taking on the ownership of more than a dozen mid-20th Century handlooms has its joys - and its challenges.
We are Weft of Center, LLC
What happens when two artists get together with a shared love of fabric, color, and history (and one happens to be a really excellent weaver)? You get Weft of Center, LLC, a company created by my partner, Jim, and me.
We acquired a number of early 20th century handlooms, and Jim has been carefully breaking them down, restoring lost pieces, sanding, painting, oiling, and reconstructing them over the past year. It’s been amazing to watch him—with no blueprints or instructions—bring these old workhorses back to life.
Last spring, we found a fantastic building in the historic downtown of our nearby town, Attica – with a lot of hammering, painting, and TLC, we’ve been able to get all our equipment into one place and get two of the looms set up to run.
Showing the Looms some Love
With two of the looms running, we’re focused on scarves and throws woven of luxurious rayon chenille. They are exceedingly soft and have a wonderful drape, cozy without being heavy, and constructed to last for years. Our feedback from customers has been fantastic, and as we’re able to get more looms into production, we hope to increase our business with a Web site, employ additional weavers and seamstresses, and expand our lines to include baby blankets, wool camp blankets, and other home accessories—all keeping to a high standard of production here in the USA.
Our project is to finance getting two more looms restored and purchase the yarns we need to get going on our summer line (we had the money saved up for the yarn, but when we turned on the furnace in our building, we found it had to be replaced… still, it’s a grand old building for a weaving company!). Four looms working would be a dream come true – and help us get Weft of Center handwoven products to a waiting market!
A big Thank You!!
There are almost no handweaving companies remaining in the U.S. today—a tradition that once clothed every man, woman, and child across the nation. Your support of our endeavors will help to ensure that the tradition of handweaving might yet survive in the United States. In addition to our warmest thanks and sincere appreciation for your support, we’d also like to offer a few cozy gifts so be sure to check out our backer rewards. Again, thank you!
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A handwritten thank-you note from Weft of Center and your name on our Web site “Sponsors” page when we go live with it. Remember, any level of sponsorship and interest in Weft of Center is deeply appreciated!!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $10 or more
A thank you note, a sponsor listing on our Web site, and a hand-signed thank you 8”x10” photo of Scout or Angus (your choice - as seen in our video!) in their Weft of Center scarf.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $45 or more
Who wouldn't want a cozy, hand-knitted winter cap (color our choice – indicate “wild” or “mild” and we’ll do our best to comply) in the middle of winter? For your support at this level, we'll send you one, along with a thank you from Scout or Angus and a sponsor listing on our future Web site.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $75 or more
Our gift to you at this level of support includeds a beautiful, handwoven chenille scarf in a solid color (we’re offering a choice of blue, olive/khaki, or raspberry), along with a hand-signed thank you from Scout or Angus and a sponsor listing on our Web site.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $150 or more
Our thank you for this generous level of support includes TWO handwoven chenille scarves in your choice of solid colors (choose blue, olive/khaki, or raspberry), a hand-signed thank you from Scout or Angus, and a sponsor listing on our Web site.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $250 or more
For this level of support, we'll weave you a luxurious handwoven chenille throw (we will contact you with color choices) and include a hand-signed thank you from Scout or Angus, and a sponsor listing on our Web site.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $500 or more
For those offering support at this level, we’ll make you a hand-knitted cap, a pair of handwoven scarves, and a chenille throw, along with a signed thank you from Scout or Angus, and a special sponsorship listing on our Web site when we go live.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012