Tuesday Weavers mix looms and laughter

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Some of the looms in a room at Appalachian Arts Crafts Center are older than the people using them to weave.

Weaving is a traditional craft that attracts artists with an affinity for fabric and yarn.

"What's not to like about fiber. Ha ha! It feels good, it looks good, you can use your creativity," Tina Job said.

Tina Job remembers how she got interested.

"I started weaving in 2001. My mother called me and asked me if I wanted a floor loom and I said sure, I don't know what to do with it but I'll learn. So that's how I started," she said.

Carol Pritcher said, "You can get up to speed pretty quick but you're always learning."

She is the leader of the weavers who meet once a week at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris. They call themselves the Tuesday Weavers.

Tina Job said, "Sometimes we do more talking than weaving."

The physical process of weaving is something they enjoy.

"It's very therapeutic," Pritcher said. "Once your loom is set up, like she's threading the loom right now, and it will take her several weeks to do that. But once she's done you start throwing that shuttle and beating the beater and you get into this rhythm... There's something about it that's kind of soothing."

Some of the weavers follow precise patterns while others create as they go along.

No matter the size of the loom the weavers use the same basic approach to create art from yarn and other fabrics and fibers.

"There's looms you can do rugs easier on. There are looms you can do scarves, shawls. I always tell everybody, anything rectangular I can do it. So you choose your loom according to what projects you want to do," Job explained.

The looms lend themselves to a variety of projects created by a variety of weavers.

"It's every age. Carl is well into his 80s and he comes every week and weaves on rugs. And we've got a few younger ones," Pritcher said.

They may use classic techniques but don't call weaving old fashioned.

"It's counter culture I think. We know weavers from all over the world," Job said.

Carol Pritcher issued an invitation. "Come on down. Tuesday from 10:00 to 2:00 and we'll teach you how to weave."

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