I could tell Carl's story, but he has already written his weaving history, so I will simply quote from it.
By Carl V. Bretz"
"As a child, I helped my mother with her rug braiding by rolling fabric strips into balls. It was magical to see her make beautiful and useful rugs from worn fabric. She also did beautiful embroidery and crocheting. My father did chair caning after he retired.
"In grade school I read Silas Marner by George Eliot, the classic story of little Eppy and the weaver of Ravelo. The story made a lasting impression. I worked in several hospitals where weaving was used as part of the Occupational Therapy Program for recovering patients. I was intrigued to see patients throwing shuttles.
"In the 1970's I found myself under a lot of stress. I knew I needed a good hobby. Weaving instruction was being offered in a nearby town. I found weaving became a great stress reliever and a part of my religious practice.
"Solo weaving gave me a great deal of pleasure throughout the years. In 1994 I moved to Oak Ridge [TN] when Rosemary [Burns] and I were married. Rosemary knew of the nearby Appalachian Arts Craft Center and suggested I check it out. It was through the craft center that my involvement in weaving really took off. Show-and-tell, problem solving, occasional workshops and great friends enriched the weaving experience immensely. A workshop introduced me to the pleasures of tapestry weaving.
"I have a great debt of gratitude to all of the people who have inspired and taught me along the way. I am especially thankful for the support and friendship of the Tuesday Weavers at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center."
|Carl with his Grandmother's spinning wheel.|