Last month my wife and I were traveling home from SC and needed a little change from the busy traffic of I-81 North…My wife has been wanting to locate this tiny village in the Mountains of Virginia, Callaway. A tiny shop is found here with a very talented weaver and a former high school classmate of mine. She spent most of her early years working for the system in a field I think she loved, but this is not part of the story…Our friendly travel guide SIRI told us 30+ miles to Callaway…So off we headed, expecting to arrive about 30 minutes later, NOT! Those hills of VA are very similar to those of West Virginia…A 30-mile trip can be about 1.5 hours or more…LOOOng story short we arrived and the shop was open to our delight. The Master weaver, owner, and tour guide was very accommodating and gave us the grand tour of the entire shop…I was very taken by the beauty of the items fresh from the Loom. The colors, lines and beautiful handmade items adorned her shop. All made with her personal touch of love and compassion for what she enjoys…How do you place a price on your love and work which is part of you? Well, my wife managed to locate a couple of items as I was wandering around with my camera…Here is a snapshot of the manufacturing facility in downtown Callaway, VA. Patricia Rushmore, you made our day, thank you!
I have long admired her woolen rugs and wanted one as a decorative accent in my bedroom. Patricia brought wool samples, pattern ideas, and good advice. The finished product is lovely, and is exactly what I wanted and what I had visualized.
If you haven’t seen Patricia’s work, you are missing something special. Not only is she skillful and talented with her designs and her weaving, but her work reflects a deep passion for the weavings she produces. At Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church she captured in twelve weavings the last moments of Jesus’ life in the Stations of the Cross. Her work is impressive!