COOPERSTOWN — A community upcycle weaving project is under way this winter at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.
Visitors are invited to try their hand at cutting the strips of fabric, stitching the strips together or weaving on the 1923 Union Custom Loom from Union Loom Works in Boonville.
The goal is to create 10 three feet by four feet rugs for the silent auction at the second annual Local Foods, Local Spirits Cocktail Party on Aug. 7. The proceeds will benefit Otsego 2000’s agricultural initiatives.
Worn out T-shirts and jeans may be donated for the project. Fabrics that are best suited for rug making are cotton T-shirts, any blankets, towels, cotton or fleece sweatshirts and sweatpants, as well as denim blue jeans. Donated rags may be stained or have holes but must be clean. Donations may be dropped off at the farmers’ market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The project will continue every Saturday until April 19 or until the goal is met.
Making a rag rug takes old useless fabrics out of the waste stream and puts them to use. Visitors are welcome to participate in any and all the steps of making a rug. Local weavers are invited to sign up for a market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from January to April to bring samples of their wares and talk to the public about their favorite fiber topic.
Local fiber farmer, weaver and teacher Dawn Helstrom has loaned the loom for the project.
For more information, contact Lyn Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-547-6195, or visit www.otsego2000.org/farmersmarket.