Welcome to my blog. I am Marsha and have run the Artistic Weave Shop since 1988 when my folks retired. I learned the craft during high school from my folks. Worked with them for a year learning, then did other jobs in town. Wasn’t enough work to keep us all busy. Me and my family moved to Colorado in the early ’80s and I started practicing the craft again and had a pick up and delivery service for reweaving out there until I moved back to Wichita taking over the shop when the folks retired. I was able to walk into the shop and go right to work. My sis worked with me for many years until blue jeans became a staple in the business places and our work slowed down. I have continued repairing garments and have a wonderful customer base locally and all over the US as less and less people are doing the work.
It has been called a lost art, not many people do the work anymore. It was a popular trade learned by many after WWII. It was even taught in a mail order fashion (I even have some of the old instruction books.) I remember standing by my mom and watching her work. Just like anything else it takes practice to get good at it. And it helps when you enjoy it too.
I had the opportunity to sell my retail location in the summer of 2017. The shop has been good to me and thought it a good time to make the transition in the twilight years of my career. At the time of writing this the shop is still open but will close this summer. Keep a watch and I will let you know when the last day will be.
Not sure how the transition is going to go, but I’m excited. I have my work space, painted and cleaned. Now its the move. I hope you will enjoy the pick up and delivery service that I will have now. Just call and find out where or call and request a location. I hope to be able to continue my craft for many years. I’m sure I will miss the retail location and my customers greatly, but I hope if I take a break in the middle of the day and stretch , I don’t feel guilty if I’m not pushing my needle. Thank you to all of you and your business.
Talk to you soon,