Margaret learned to knit from her grandmother, Marjorie and one of her cousins, Marji when she was eight.  Her love of fibers and yarns led her to working on a knitting machine for Karen Morris, a knitwear designer for a time in the 80’s in Harvard Square. 

Margaret’s masters degree in Counseling / Psychology gave her the opportunity to learn more about the fabric of human emotion and relationship, though it didn’t give her practical application with the color and texture of fibers, and her fingers longed to touch the yarns again. 

alpaca-ponchoLanding in Jamaica, Vermont in 1993, she began weaving on the loom built by her first husband, after taking a weaving class with Suzanne Lovejoy.  In 2001 she had a dream of being at a craft fair, surrounded by creative people and their colorful wares.  The next day she was asked by Neina Sherman if she wanted to share a booth at Hildene the following month.  YES!  Gratitude to the universe for offering the opportunity to manifest the dream!  And so Margie’s Muse the shop and oasis was born, with help from many friends, and lived its shop life for nine years in the center of Jamaica Village.  During that time, over 200 artisans brought their beautiful creations to sell, along with the custom handwoven pieces Margaret got to make while shop-keeping.  The shop had luscious yarn for sale, and many gifted teachers came to give classes in a wide variety of creative endeavors.  The idea was to inspire people to get their own creative juices flowing!   A distinguishing characteristic of her weaving is a cross in many of her pieces marking the meeting place of the warp and weft fibers, signifying the place of connection for which our hearts yearn, and which illustrates the interconnected pattern of the colorful and rich fabric of our humanity.

lavender-chenille-vestIn 2010 the shop closed and Margie’s Muse moved into Margaret’s home studio in
West Jamaica, which, again, her first husband built for her.  She is blessed to have such a beautiful space in which to nurture her creative expression.  State forest land abuts the back yard, and the property is framed by two brooks which come together at the corner, creating an inspiring auspicious confluence.  Custom handwoven pieces are still in progress, and knitting, weaving, and spinning tools and yarns are still available for sale.  Margaret is happy to receive you by appointment to help you design your own special piece.  One of her joys is spinning beloved dog fur for weaving or knitting into your keepsake garment or blanket.

blue-blendsFinished woven and knitted pieces are available for immediate purchase on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MargiesMuse?ref=search_shop_redirect

and at Epoch Gallery http://www.epochvermont.com in Manchester, Vermont.  She is also featured at Goose Barnacle in Brooklyn, NY http://GooseBarnacle.com.

Years of weaving in public allowed for playing with color more than with pattern, and the discoveries of the energetic properties of color have been exciting and led to greater learning of healing energy work.  Color is energy, and energy is light, and light heals.  It all weaves together!

Select "Color Energy" to read more about the linking thread from weaving to healing.