Sandy Mush, North Carolina

Martha Stewart Living - - Everyday Food -

A life­long gar­dener, Jes­sica Green was liv­ing in New York City in her early 20s when she was asked to con­coct nat­u­ral plant dyes for a weaver— and ended up try­ing the craft. “When I sat down at a loom for the first time, it was one of those wa­ter­shed mo­ments,” she re­calls. To­day, Green lives out­side of Asheville, North Carolina, where she raises sheep and makes tex­tiles, from blan­kets to ev­ery­day cloths. The wool in this coverlet and pil­lows, for ex­am­ple, is hand-spun, “so there’s a year’s worth of time put into them,” she ex­plains. That in­vest­ment, plus her reimag­in­ing of colo­nial Amer­i­can de­sign mo­tifs, gives her work its dis­tinct ap­peal. “All handweavers want their cloth to carry the magic of good in­ten­tion,” says Green. “The world moves so fast; weav­ing high­lights the im­por­tance in things that are less ef­fi­cient.”


Pil­lows, from $ 300 each; and cov­er­lets, from $700 each, alit­tleweather.com.

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