At her Warp7wvr studio in Leicester, Peggy Eckel creates a vast range of fiber products. With a background in developing early childhood education programs, Peggy originally moved to Western North Carolina to serve as Program Director for the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. There she taught knitting, pottery, candle making, jewelry, felting, and weaving. Developing a Heritage Crafts Program was a particular joy for her. The program taught local and visiting school children and adults many traditional Southern Appalachia skills.
Today, Peggy’s studio is set among the woods and fields of her small farm in the Sandy Mush community. In her studio, visitors can view an eight-harness weaving loom, a treadle sewing machine, a spinning wheel, a wood-fired cook stove, equipment and yarns for knitting, and a closet with portable supplies for work with clay, mosaics, felting, and painting.
Peggy’s creations reflect the delight of color, nature, and whimsy using natural materials like cotton, wool, alpaca, and bamboo. She weaves baby blankets, towels, liturgical stoles, and tablecloths. She knits hats, blankets, and gloves for babies, children, and adults. Her more whimsical explorations lead to elfkins, dinosaurs, and gnomes felted over old weaving bobbins.
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