Soon after Jess Macy moved from Wichita to Kansas City, she bought a loom and started weaving.
“I haven’t stopped, and the yarn keeps piling up,” she said and laughed.
Her company, Whisker Row, was founded when she started buying midcentury modern furniture. She researched décor and loved the juxtaposition of textural vintage tapestries and clean, minimal design. She bought a loom and taught herself how to weave watching YouTube videos.
“I’ve always been a gung-ho do-it-yourselfer,” Macy said. “I’ll buy all the supplies for whatever I’m into, whether it’s calligraphy or painting. I love weaving, its different types of materials (she uses feathers and leather, too) and the effect it has on a space. It makes it calm and soothing.”
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Macy uses natural materials for weavings and dip-dye tapestries, which range from $75 to about $600. Pieces are sold at craft fairs, her Etsy shop and local stores including Hand & Land, Opal & Gold, Hickory Dickory and Dear Society.
“I keep hearing, ‘Oh, that’s back now from the ’70s?’ ” Macy says. “But there were a lot of beautiful pieces from that era, and that’s what I’m working to create.”
Macy also teaches weaving workshops locally and in other parts of the country, including Bozeman, Mont.
“I’ve had people start their own Etsy shops after taking my classes,” she said. “It’s so cool!”