Peggy Taylor is an artist who, although skilled in many media, specializes in fiber arts. A lifelong Indiana resident, she is delighted to have been selected as an Indiana Artisan. She has also been featured in Early American Life’s prestigious Directory of Traditional American Crafts. Her Indiana Artisan page includes the following introduction:
“My ancestors, 500 years ago, were weavers, so it is only natural that I keep up the trade. I consider it an honor to continue the work of weaving in Indiana.”
Peggy Taylor spent her childhood raising sheep on a farm in Knox County. Her hand woven art is rooted in the culture of Indiana as well.
“I create cloth that celebrates the tradition of domestic fabrics of the early period in colonial America,” Peggy says. “The love of spinning, dyeing and weaving cloth is a tradition I enjoy preserving.”
Peggy first learned to weave in 1976 in New Harmony, Indiana, and began her study of historic coverlets and blankets as the Textiles Coordinator at Conner Prairie, an outdoor living history museum near Indianapolis. Today, Peggy creates work from linen, cotton and wool, often spinning wool yarn from the fleece of her own flock of Shetland sheep.
“Creating fibers from sheep to shawl is a delight,” Peggy says.
She weaves on four-harness barn-frame looms, one of which was built by her father. Each coverlet, blanket, and fabric piece is woven using historic patterns, quality materials and fibers, often with yarns that are hand-dyed and finished by hand. All our Peggy’s coverlets and blankets are signed with cross-stitched initials and date in cotton or wool floss.
Not only does Peggy honor the past, she teaches future generations about fiber art. After teaching a fibers class for 25 years in the local public high school, she now teaches a similar class at the Catholic school.