Here in my sunny studio on the site of an old Maine farm in coastal Waldoboro, I spend my days weaving, designing and sneaking out to the garden when time allows. My studio is cluttered with fabrics--solids, prints, snippets of different colors and textures that remind me of my grandmother’s flowers. 10- and 12-foot Swedish looms preside over the room, as well as many American rug looms. Add to this the antics of a curious kitty and my nook is complete.

My rugs begin with an inspiration, either mine or my client’s. I graph out a design, next comes picking the fabrics.

Studying how the textures and colors relate, how the printed images make patterns, I tweak and blend until the colors speak to the geometric shapes and vice versa … Until together, they dance and sing.

I use centuries old tapestry techniques to weave the shapes and borrow from the rag-rug tradition where strips of many varied cotton fabrics (prints, solids, checks, and textures)—the weft—are woven row by row to achieve evocative color striations.

For the warp (the cords that hold the weaving design together), I use a strong cabled cotton, whose colors I select to blend with the weft fabrics. My weaving differs from traditional tapestry in that this warp is left exposed, resulting in a lively, rich and complex color statement in each of my rugs.

My colorful, durable cotton and wool rugs leave this small corner of Maine as treasured pieces of art, ready to bring new life to a new room.

Rug Under Table
7 x 9 feet

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Hall Runner
30 inches x 8 feet

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Burst
28 x 50 inches

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Seamless widths up to 12 feet, any length, for cotton and wool rugs, and wall hangings. Runners and small rugs, too. Please visit my website for more information.

sarahotchkiss.com

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