Focus on our makers: Patricia Palson, handweaver.

If you want a unique wardrobe, a good place to start is with a hand sewn jacket, locally made preferred. If your garment is not only small batch and hand sewn but hand woven from texture-rich natural fibers, now you have style on steroids! Just outside Concord in delightful Contoocook, the mother and daughter team of Patricia Palson and Molly Penner is working together to create such treasures.

We stopped in to visit Pat at the eight day League of NH Craftsmen Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort, where the bold colors of her booth enticed a constant stream of shoppers. After taking in the array of show-stopping pieces, as an occasional seamstress my big question was: is it harder to cut fabric you have carefully crafted on your own loom into pieces?

“Not at all.” she assured me, “…at least, not after the first couple times.” If you want to produce something beyond a scarf, there is no getting around this! (Pat’s web site goes into lovely detail about the weaving process here.) I also learned that this was not her first career, in fact she boldly left her work as a much sought-after interior designer to get here, with plenty of support from her husband, architect Eric Palson. Weaving had started out as an elective in college, which turned into a passion that was rarely far from her mind, And now, she has the delight of partnering with daughter Molly.

Pat also works with the Space committee of MMNH and was one of our demonstrators at Market Days last June. She especially wants Concord’s future makerspace to be a fun and inspiring place to go, hang out with fellow creatives and make things. Also, to be wired for good sound!

Weaving classes are a priority for Making Matters and may be offered as early as the Spring of 2019. We are lucky to have a world class artist like Pat working with us!

You can look out for Pat’s own table at the Capital Festival for The Arts September 28th through the 30th. Her future events are listed here including the Smithsonian Craft 2 Wear show at Washington DC’s National Building Museum in October.

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