Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The new shop

My friend Barb Butler and I have been emailing all day about our plans to open a weaving gallery/teaching studio in the River Arts District in Asheville, NC. I met Barb at the Convergence in Grand Rapids, where we learned we were both planning to relocate to Asheville soon. Barb, from Columbia, SC, got there first. I followed when we bought our home there last January.

This summer Barb started talking about opening some kind of shop in Asheville where she could sell her handwovens. She has a studio in Columbia, and had received such good response that she wanted to expand her offerings in her new home. She asked whether I’d be interested in joining her in the venture, and I said sure, as long as I can teach some classes.

Barb found a studio space in the Curve Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District. We move our shop, named Sutherland, into the space Dec. 1. We’re planning a grand opening for early December.

There is much to decide and plan and I’ll share more news as things take shape. Stay tuned!


  1. Hi Karen, is the piece in the picture on your blogspot one of yours?

  2. Karen: Best wishes to you and Barb for much success as you embark on this new venture. It's very exciting!

  3. Yes, Kelly, that is a shawl I wove that appeared in an article I wrote for Handwoven Magazine in 2007. It's one of my favorites.