Fabric weaving was a craft Kathleen had always aspired to over the forty years that she had been involved in craft enterprises, but never had the knowledge. A chance encounter with an English weaver, living in N.W. Spain – Anna Champeney, gave her her first insight into the wonderful world of weaving. Up until 2006 she had been involved in basket making on a professional level trading under the name of Basket Barn – http://www.basketbarn.ie. She signed up for an “assistantship” with Anna for March 2007 for 3 weeks.
Kathleen’s other project is rug making. She began using Navan carpet wool but has evolved to spinning, dyeing and weaving her own fleece, or fleece supplied by Kerry Woollen Mills. She prides herself on the detail and care with which she uses unique patterns and combinations of hand-dyed colours all from natural dyes.
In March 2009 she attended a five day course with Jason Collingwood, son of famous Peter Collingwood who is himself an accomplished rug weaver and international teacher. There she acquired some experience in shaft switching technique which allows one to change the position of the pattern in block weave in endless designs. The experience of studying with Jason has brought rug weaving into a new realm for Kathleen.
After a very slow start and a huge amount of persistence I have created a range of homespun and hand woven carpets as well as a range of hand dyed, hand woven, design led cushion covers.
For contact details and more information, see www.kathleenmccormickbaskets.com.