Weaving Around the Country

Spinner, weaver, and artist extraordinaire Margaret Leininger is hitting the road. For the next eighteen months or so Margaret is planning on travelling to all 50 states where she will go to different communities and create 9 yards of handwoven cloth using local materials from within a 100-mile radius of the location.

This way, the cloth from each location she visits will become a woven memory of the place and draw attention to the value of local cloth. She’s planning on teaming up with a different institution in each place where she can create her cloth publicly. Right now she’s at the Kala Institute in Berkley, California and she’ll be there through July.

The project, entitled The Whole 9 Yards, needs a bit of help to get further. Margaret is currently fundraising to purchase a utility trailer to transport her loom, spinning wheel, and other supplies. It will also serve as a studio space while she’s on the road, and at the end of the project it will become a part of an urban fiber farm in Chicago.

More information about Margaret’s project and her fundraising efforts can be found on her page on the USA Projects fundraising site. To learn more about Maggie, her art, and other projects check out her website maggieleininger.com.

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