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Laura Rosenzweig

Laura's Loom
I am the Laura behind Laura’s Loom.  I design a range of interior and fashion accessories, from individually handwoven silk scarves, to limited edition collections of throws using 100% British wool sourced directly from farms in the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Scotland.  

When I'm not gathering in the fleece, I can usually be found in my studio in the Howgills, at the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, designing and weaving on my two floor looms, an 8-shaft Harrisville and a 16-shaft LeClerc.  The inspiration for all of my work comes directly from the landscape outside the studio door and from travels abroad.  Stonewalls are a particularly favourite design inspiration with their three-dimensional structure and moss-covered surfaces.  Bold colours tend to creep into my work after I've been away where the sun shines brighter and colour somehow looks more at home than in our more subtle grey-toned climate!  

I have been weaving since just before the birth of my first child.  He's 18 now!  My first piece, woven on my brand new Harrisville floor loom, was  a baby blanket for my son and I'm glad to say that it will do sterling service for his son at some point in the future!  In the intervening years I have produced hundreds of scarves and quite a few throws.  I love to weave with silk and fine wools and when I need a break from the finely detailed work these require I switch to madly textured throws using an array of mill-ends.  I think of weaving as painting.  I often design directly on my loom ending up with warps that look like some awful tangled mess and make most sensible weavers gasp, but it works for me!   

Over the years my hobby has turned into my vocation and to support it I started to produce a limited edition collection of wool throws and scarves called The Howgill Range.  These pieces are all designed by me but woven at small weaving mills in Cumbria and Scotland.  I source my wool from my neighbours, meeting the farmers individually and shepherding the wool through the entire processing chain, from flock to finished article.  I work with yarn spinners, dyers, weavers and cloth finishers from Bradford to Galashiels, aiming to make the most of Britain’s remaining woollen industries and the highly skilled craftsmen and women who run them.  It has been a great experience getting to know the nitty gritty side of weaving and I have met many wonderful people along the way.

After eight years of teaching weaving, and hopefully inspiring others to take up the craft, I am now taking a break from teaching to put more effort back into my own handweaving.  Playing at the loom is my greatest passion.  There's nothing quite like holding a woven scarf or throw in my hands and saying "I made this"!

craft&design Selected Silver Award Winner 2009
 
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