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FEATURED WORK
Peggy Taylor

“My ancestors, 500 years ago, were weavers, so it is only natural that I keep up the trade. I consider it an honor to continue the work of weaving in Indiana.”

Peggy Taylor spent her childhood raising sheep on a farm in Knox County. Her hand woven art is rooted in the culture of Indiana as well.

“I create cloth that celebrates the tradition of domestic fabrics of the early period in colonial America,” Peggy says. “The love of spinning, dyeing and weaving cloth is a tradition I enjoy preserving.”

Peggy first learned to weave in 1976 in New Harmony, Indiana, and began her study of historic coverlets and blankets as the Textiles Coordinator at Conner Prairie. Today, Peggy creates work from linen, cotton and wool, often spinning wool yarn from the fleece of her own flock of Shetland sheep.

“Creating fibers from sheep to shawl is a delight,” Peggy says.

She weaves on four-harness barn-frame looms, one of which was built by her father. Each coverlet, blanket, and fabric piece is woven using historic patterns, quality materials and fibers, often with yarns that are hand-dyed and finished by hand. All our Peggy’s coverlets and blankets are signed with cross-stitched initials and date in cotton or wool floss.

Not only does Peggy honor the past, she teaches future generations about fiber art. After teaching a fibers class for 25 years in the local public high school, she now teaches a similar class at the Catholic school.

“I found the Indiana Artisan program surfing the web for resources for my class. I was thrilled with the program,” Peggy says. “It will give us the publicity we need and legitimacy to our work. In terms of cultural perception of Indiana, a program like this can go a long way.”