Denise Ray will be presenting her handloomed textiles for sale. Her handwoven textiles are practical and beautiful. She weaves mostly with natural fibers, such as, cotton, linen and wool as she finds these to be the most durable and attractive. When available, she uses organic versions of these yarns which add to their customer appeal. Weave structures range from the simple plain weave, to sturdy twills to romantic laces and the more complex weaves. All weaving is done on wooden looms constructed to be used by hand weavers. No commercial equipment is used to produce her textiles. She uses designs that have their roots in world history and specialize in patterns used in Appalachia over the past two hundred years. She honors the hard work and need for practicality expressed in their cloth as well as their honest beauty.
She weaves many different types of textiles. Sturdy dish towels that are absorbent as well as attractive. Table runners and pillow covers for home decorating. Rugs for in rags, cotton or wool yarn. She strives to make each rug unique and unlike those available commercially which have been woven elsewhere on the globe. She also weaves cozy throws, often with fancier yarns, such as ribbon, gold thread and mohair. Everything she weaves is in small batches which reassures customers that few others will have exactly the same pieces.
Denise Ray, Wovenpath Textiles