Lee Greenewalt has been weaving for 30 years. She first sat at a friend’s loom when she was 18 and has been fascinated ever since. She went to weaving classes as an undergraduate at the University of Vermont with Betty Attwood. As a young mother, she took more classes at Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire with Leslie Voiers. She continues to learn at weavers’ conventions, including Convergence and the New England Weavers Seminar. For the most part, though, she is self-taught. She has learned by doing.
Lee weaves items for the home: blankets, rag rugs, and towels. Her favorite fiber is wool - she keeps sheep on her farm - many of her blankets are made with wool from her flock. She is also an avid knitter, spinner, and dyer. She insists on utility for her handwovens, all her products are sturdy, made to be used and last a long time.
“Right now, my focus in my weaving is on design and production. I do all my own designing, that is a great pleasure and challenge for me; and I thrive on the discipline and parameters set by production goals. I am inspired by the colors of the garden and the landscape in my rural environment. I am influenced by the Bauhaus aesthetic and Scandinavian design, modern quilting artists such as Nancy Crow and Denyse Schmidt, and painters including Mondrian and Vasarely.”
Lee has received a Handweavers Guild of America award “in recognition of a work demonstrating outstanding creativity and craftsmanship in the fiber arts”. She is a member of the Brandon Artists Guild in Brandon, Vermont, where she has a studio and enjoys the company of other artistically-minded people.
Lee became a juried member of Vermont Hand Crafters in 2010 and her excellent work can be seen at CraftVermont, the annual show presented by Vermont Hand Crafters each November at the Sheraton Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont.