Judith Chapman, a Canadian weaver who works in her lakeside studio in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario, Canada, has just signed on as a contributor to www.MadeInHaliburton.ca. Judith who is a graduate of the OHS Weaving Certificate Course has been weaving and teaching for 32 years. Judith is first and foremost a garment weaver but, also enjoys creating woven runners, mats, blankets and bags.
She is an accomplished weaver who has shared her knowledge with others through publications such as Handwoven, Tablet Weavers Studies & Techniques and for Fibre Focus. Articles for these magazines have focused on woven wearables, double weave, seersucker lace and tablet weaving.
Judy is one of the founding members of the Haliburton Highlands Fall Studio Tour, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and displays her work with her husband Gary’s paintings at Mountain Lake Studios in the Haliburton Highlands. She is also a member of the Art Council~Haliburton Highlands and the Haliburton Highlands Weavers and Spinners.
Judith loves to weave with natural fibres because they are kind to our planet and remind us of a simpler life, and of our heritage. Judith states that “There is something very special about the creation of a hand woven textile”. She goes on to explain that “The process begins with inspiration often derived from nature. Through various stages of development a one-of-a kind fabric is created.” The product that is then produced with this fabric has an extremely long lifetime and can be cherished by the recipient for many years.
Mohair is one fibre that Judith particularly loves to utilize. It is one of the oldest textile fibres in use today and is one of the most durable. In addition, it is soft, luxurious, resilient and animal friendly all at the same time. It is in fact an environmentally friendly alternative to real fur. It is sheared from the Angora Goat, spun into a yarn, woven into a cotton backing and custom hand dyed for the most luxurious animal friendly furs available in today’s market. The hair of the Angora Goat has characteristics that are similar to wool except that it does not have the scales that can irritate the skin like wool can. It has smooth fibers, which give it luster, and shine and the luxury feel of cashmere, angora and silk. The hair won’t shrink and is easy to care for. Take a look at the selection of shawls available on a “buy-now” basis from www.MadeInHaliburton.ca.