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Donald & Julie Ulmer

In-Weave Rugs
Hawarden, IA

Artist Statement

Don & I started our business in 1990 with one store front building. At that time we had one loom and exhibited & sold at area craft/art fairs. Since then we have expanded into fabric & have a large selection of fabric for sale online & in store as well as 12 looms in sizes to 8 feet wide.

Don & I hand weave rugs using upholstery selvages in sizes from small throw rugs up to 8 x 10. Don designed & built 5 of our looms. Preparation steps include separating the fibers, wrapping shuttles, lining up shuttles, wrapping string shuttle, warping & tying up the loom. Weaving steps include placing cardboard for fringe, weaving header warp & material & cutting off. Finishing steps include tying knots, trimming fringe & steam fringe & knots to set the fringe.

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