One of our newer members, Julie Nauceder, who joined last autumn, is our Artist of the Month. Julie is a spinner and weaver working primarily with wools or wool/bamboo blends that she buys as ready-to-spin roving. She moved on to weaving after her husband pointed out: “What are you going to do with all that yarn?!
After teaching herself how to weave, she began to purchase cotton to weave into towels as gifts for friends and this led her to acquire a “charka.” Made famous by Ghandi, a charka is a little portable spinning wheel for spinning cotton thread. She now has five looms, six spinning wheels and two charkas.
“Almost all of them have different uses and most have a project in progress on it at all times. With a portable wheel I’ve made yarn in many different places —even on a camping trip to Hammonasset State park in Connecticut… It’s a great way to meet people and start a conversation too. Both spinning and weaving are very relaxing for me and at times these are the only therapy I need,” Julie explains. If you visit the River Artisans Cooperative and you’ll see that Julie’s “therapy” results in some beautiful skeins and woven textiles.
River Artisans Cooperative is located in the center of Saxtons River Village, across from the Saxtons River Inn at 26B Main St. Open year round, RAC’s May–December hours are: Mon – Fri 12-5 • Sat & Sun 10-3. Over 50 juried members keep the store filled with a wide variety of items, each finely crafted by hand. New artists are welcome and may apply for membership at any time. For more information on Julie’s work or the River Artisans, please call 802-869-2099, visit www.riverartisans.com or, even better, stop in at the gallery!