Cherie Pitman: A Ribbon Runs Through It
I have loved fiber and needlework for as long as I can remember. It all started when I was 11 and embroidered “day of the week” tea towels for everyone I knew. About 25 years ago after taking my first hand weaving workshop, I was hooked. I’ve woven many items over the years: linen table napkins, placemats, clothing and tapestries. My most recent love is weaving with natural fibers like bamboo, silk and soy silk, then adding supplementary ribbon and novelty threads to make interesting and colorful scarves. The process of finishing the product is the best part. I love the soft texture of the bamboo after it’s been washed!
My husband surprised me with a Chimayo Rio Grande Walking Loom last year and having only woven a few inches since I received it, I realized that life somehow took over and the need to get back to it is pulling me back to my studio. Someday I hope to be able to weave for days on end on my new loom. I feel completely and happily at home when sitting or standing at one of my looms.