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Weaving Arts Studio, Mary Barnes

"I use all kinds of fibers, and no two of my pieces are exactly alike"

Juried Status: Virginia Artisan

Media: Fiber-Wearable:  Woven,

Artist Statement:

I am an early-retired schoolteacher who found the only career door which was opening for me was one using my hands. I have worked with my hands all of my life and am an accomplished seamstress with many years and many projects under my belt. I have dabbled satisfactorily with embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, quilting, making stuffed animals, upholstering, slip covering, and chair caning. I found myself living at a Quaker study/retreat center, and applying for “normal” jobs. Nothing was coming through — except weaving. My head told me that I should continue to search for a “real” job; my heart counseled that what I was doing was just fine.Finally, my head realized what my heart had understood all along; I accepted where I was and found to become a full time weaver and bookmaker. I now work from my beautiful mountain home in Bath County, Virginia. I spend a good part of my days in this lovely place weaving and making books. I love using all kinds of fibers, and no two of my pieces are exactly alike. I now sell regularly at shows throughout Virginia and beyond and am enjoying having many repeat customers.

Hours: by appointment


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Barnes, Mary

Artisan Trail Network Site:
Virginia's Western Highlands Artisan Trail
Trail Map Number: 18




686 Mill Creek Road
Millboro, VA 24460

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