In 1976 they formed Lucy Quarrier Weavers and set up their looms, first in a building on the corner of Quarrier and Hale streets, and later in their current home at 710 Lee St. The large windows overlooking Davis Park let in plenty of natural light.
The weavers come from varied backgrounds, including education, health and administrative fields. One is a masseuse. Another is an artist, although many of them have artistic talent. Former teachers, administrators and a health assessor weave when they can.
Moore has been weaving for about 15 years. She lives on a farm where she raises llamas whose wool she spins into yarn. "It gives me an excuse to have them. I need them for their wool," Moore said.
Moore said her bold pieces contrast with Hendrix's delicate creations. "I like instant gratification. The big stuff doesn't take as long," she said.
Kim Bingham sometimes picks up bags of alpaca wool, which she cleans, combs and spins into wool to dye. She experiments with colors and techniques to create unusual artistic pieces.
The cloth Barb Smith weaves for vests and jackets show the interest she shares with Bingham in unusual colors, textures and styles. Recently, she wove strips of fabric through the warp threads, which run vertically on the loom, to replicate the fabric's pattern in a different texture.
Hendrix usually takes new weavers under her wing and starts them on a simple project such as placemats. From that they progress to more complicated projects, perhaps inspired by the scarves, hats, tea cozy, rugs and fabric for clothing they see emerging from the looms around them.
The most complicated projects Hendrix tackles are the small patterns she weaves of snowflakes, Santas or other seasonal images that she incorporates on the front of the cards she's made each Christmas for the past 25 years. Although Hendrix treasures the items she makes, she credits the weaving group for her habit's longevity.
"I enjoy the group. I think that's the reason lots of us come. If I had to weave at home alone, I'm not sure I do it," Hendrix said.
For more information on Lucy Quarrier Weavers, call 304-343-5026 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays only.