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Virginia Teague, Weaver

Ever since I learned to weave, I've been checking out weaving web sites, and web sites from weavers who sell their work. There are some beautiful things out there.

In addition, some of you may know that I've been participating in NaNoWriMo, so writing has been on my mind a lot lately, too.

So when I ran across the web site for Virginia Teague and her weaving, I was interested. This lady is just perfect fodder for someone to write a novel about her. I'm not kidding: she lives in a 600 year old haunted farmhouse in Wales, which was possibly built on the site of a Druid meeting place; she weaves on a 100 year old loom; she creates wraps and christening shawls from handspun wool and from silk; she also creates reproductions of historical textiles for museums (her museum quality pieces are totally accurate, handspun, vegetable dyed and handwoven) or in a different quality that works better for film companies and re-enactors. Virginia has compiled a portfolio that represents fabrics from the 8th to 14th centuries, and she helped to devise a module entitled Medieval Woven Textiles, which now exists in the Department of History and Welsh History at the University of Wales, Bangor .

The things she offers for sale look beautiful, and she and her products are quite inspirational for this newbie weaver. And wouldn't it be cool to read a novel based on her life? Check it out:


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