Janet knows her loom inside and out. She also knows the history of weaving inside and out. She showed me ancient weaving tools, talked about the way the fibers were created, and shared how she taught her mother to weave. She told me how women within the community were brought together under her roof, to blend their various skills and create the products she shelved and hung around her store.
The yarns she uses at Barefoot Weaving, stacked in cubbies from floor to ceiling, are more beautiful than any wallpaper. Their colours echo throughout the pieces in her shop, a strawbale structure that Janet’s husband designed and built himself.
Back at her loom, it was incredible to listen to her describe how one piece of fabric—such as the one she was currently (and so painstakingly) creating—would eventually be used. As pieces are cut, each progressively smaller piece is turned into something ingeniously creative. Even more impressive is that every part of each product’s journey is completed in-house by Crawford Bay women, from weaving to binding.