The art of weaving quite literally “weaves” itself through the history of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. With its Celtic heritage derived from waves of Scottish and Irish immigrant populations, the production of woven blankets, kilts, scarves and tams all was less a necessity and more a requirement.
While one might expect Scottish plaids to predominate the items produced, in reality the weaving tradition has quickly evolved to encompass traditional techniques from other parts of the world. Similarly, while plaids are still in evidence, more often tones and colors taken from Cape Breton’s own natural palette predominate; the brown and tans of the earth and beaches, the blues and greys of the ocean, the greens of the mountains and valleys and the pastels recalling Cabot Trail sunrises and sunsets past.
Each weaver listed below has developed her own technique and color palette. Each weaves on a loom in her own studio, weaving wool, cotton, soy, linen, flax, silk and other materials into shawls, blankets, runners, place mats and scarves for personal or home use.