The lovely nurse by day, mother of three, Cheryl Demas, manages to produce beautiful rugs and blankets… in her spare time. (This is where I would normally insert a smiley face.) Though her style is not necessarily in the realm of Southwestern-style tapestry weaving, the beauty of her work and her passion for weaving have brought her to exhibit as an artist at Weaving Southwest for many years now.
Cheryl uses our Rug Yarn and Apparel Yarns, along with a verity of other fibers, including chenille, to create beautiful weavings that can be used as rugs (in low traffic areas), blankets or wall hangings. Seeing her work displayed in a space with tall ceilings for our show, Weaving Southwest @ Town Hall, made me realize the full potential of these weavings. The beauty and texture in the fringe alone are enough to turn anyone’s head.
I would like to introduce you to the wonderful Cheryl Demas…
I have been a weaver for thirty years. I discovered “the loom” in Creede, CO, where I spent every summer of my childhood. The moment I saw my first loom, I was fascinated and hooked on the possibilities that a loom and I could produce. As a lover of rugs and blankets, that has always been my passion on the loom. I have been in New Mexico for thirty years, raised three children here, went to the University of New Mexico and received my bachelors of Science in Nursing.
I have always been intrigued with Weaving Southwest and was delighted to join the gallery in 2006. It has been a joy and a pleasure to work with Teresa Loveless, the granddaughter of Rachel Brown. Teresa has done a splendid job of taking over the gallery and promoting my work. She’s a talented weaver and entrepreneur and a joy to work with. I hope you find my work interesting, comforting and pleasing.
PS Have you had the pleasure of seeing one of Cheryl’s pieces in person? Does that fringe make you as happy as it does me? We would love to know what you think! Leave a comment to let us know…