About The Artist

Emelie Weber Wade • Asheville, NC

Emelie Weber Wade is a weaver and designer maker working on 4 and 8-shaft floor looms to create modern textiles for the old soul. Wade’s current focus is on wearable art constructed with sustainable, handwoven materials. She designs her own weaving patterns, weaves the fabric on a loom and finishes it on a sewing machine. Wade has 10 years experience in production weaving. She apprenticed at Berea College Student Crafts, where she also studied studio art with a concentration in fibers.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I start my process by designing weaving patterns by hand and using computer software. I wind 14-17 yard warps on a warping reel, then sley the reed, thread the heddles according to the pattern I designed, and beam the warp. This process typically takes 4-6 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the work. After I have woven the full length of the warp using sustainable, luxury materials, I cut the fabric off the loom and sew it on a heavy-duty sewing machine. All my patterns are self-drafted.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I love keeping the craft of weaving by hand on a loom alive and thriving. I enjoy showing others the process, how fiber artists can grow from the craft, and inspiring people to learn to weave. The fibers I work with are good for the planet and good for people. Clothing and accessories that are handwoven with sustainable materials mean less textile waste, more thoughtful investments in personal fashion, and a deeper connection to the fabric we wear.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My work is exceptionally soft and comfortable to wear. The softness comes from the patterns I choose, the sett I use on the loom, and the fibers I use for both the warp and weft. I use Tencel in all my work and many pieces are 100% Tencel. All my crop tops, blouses, scarves, and cowls are one-of-a-kind in color and striping pattern. Each piece is similar in structure to other fabric woven on the same warp, but two pieces can differ greatly from one another based on the color and striping designs.