Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kim Nemeth, an Ohio transplant living and working in Walla Walla, WA. I’m a handweaver and started woven, my weaving studio, about 3 years ago. I do a lot of research on traditional weaving patterns and then like to put my own twist on them, such as exaggerating a pattern or changing the warp spacing, to make fun and modern accessories for men and women. I focus on using natural materials: alpaca, silk, wool, bamboo, etc. and spend a great deal of time finding beautiful yarn to show off through these patterns.
How did you get started in your business?
I started this business as a way to fund my fascination with weaving. I began teaching myself to weave several years ago and just fell in love with it. The process of taking strands of yarn and creating a fabric that is beautiful and unique feels a bit like magic. As i gained more knowledge and grew my skills, my projects became more intensive and I was using nicer materials. So I began selling to friends and friends of friends. The first time I showed pieces to a potential buyer was thrilling (terrifying!) and really exciting.
Is this a full-time business for you?
Not at this time. I currently have two other jobs so there’s a lot of time management in my life…
Who’s your biggest fan?
My husband Thomas. Besides just encouraging me to learn and grow as a weaver and
businesswoman, he’s incredibly patient and understanding about this craft (we have two huge looms in the middle of our house…aka, the dining room).
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
Hmm, for winter it’s probably the natural alpaca cowls and scarves. I use these amazingly soft yarns that are undyed alpaca so you can see the natural variations of color different alpaca breeds have.