Marjorie Fiddler taught herself to weave over thirty years ago, using a large floor loom stored in the occupational therapy department of a Boston hospital. Weaving books provided excellent diagrams, calculations, and detailed instructions. Pre-industrial mechanical devices were manageable and fun. A complicated overshot coverlet patterned after an early colonial example was one of her first projects.
Work, family, space, and time pressures first limited and then totally displaced weaving. Textile addiction was still a major force and had to be satisfied by knitting, creating patchwork quilts, and admiring the work of others.
In 2005 Marjorie returned to weaving, first taking a course at the Weaving Works in Seattle, and then joining the Seattle Weavers’ Guild. Speakers and workshops organized through the guild provide ongoing education and challenge, and talented colleagues provide support and encouragement. Marjorie’s ongoing interest has been weaving rugs, many of which are showcased in the portfolio.
Complex Weavers 2014
Yardage “Satin Diamonds”
juried into Complexity 2014
ANWG Conference 2013
Twill Yardage awarded the Nell Steedsman Award for Technical Excellence, sponsored by the Guild of Canadian Weavers.
Vest in block satin weave awarded Second Place in
Best Inspiration from a Foreign Country / Culture.
ANWG Conference 2011
Best of Show awarded to Fiddler’s rug,
ANWG Conference 2009
Second Place awarded to Fiddler’s rug,“Reflections.”