Barbara Schutzgruber

My fiber journey involves the weaving together of my two great artistic loves: fiber and stories. Over the past 30 years using a wide range of materials, I have made wall hanging, yardage for garments, rugs, vessels, hats, scarves and shawls. I have been inspired, challenged, and supported by fellow members of the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild and MLH to participate in guild sales and exhibits. I need all my fingers and toes to count the cool tools, equipment and looms I've collected and constructed. I have had the honor of sharing the stories and parts of the vast history of the textile arts on stages across the country and internationally. The seeds that were sewn all those years ago when I was a child watching the weavers at Greenfield Village are now being reseeded into a new generation as I demonstrate weaving and wet felting at fairs, sales and in historical settings as well as being part of the AAFG team of weavers at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. 


When asked, "What do you do?" I answer this way:

I am a weaver. I weave words, fiber, reed and fabric to create stories, garments and containers because stories are the threads that connect the world and every weaving tells a story.



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76" x 16 1/2"







I designed and created the shawl in celebration of the recent US Supreme Court decision that gender identity and sexual orientation are protected from discrimination in employment under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The cotton warp yarns are the colors found in the color spectrum.  The weft yarns mimic the warp color order to create blended color squares. The structure is a plain/tabby weave with a 3/1 twill box in the center of each square to give texture and visual interest. The shawl was part of a fundraising auction for the National Storytelling Network. It generated many bids and sold for the most money in the entire auction!

Skin: We're All Part of the Same Cloth

68" x 16"







The outcry from communities across the country and around the world after the murder of George Floyd calling for the end of systemic racism.

This shawl is a color gamp following a progression from pale pink to dark brown. The blended color squares woven into one cloth represents the wonderfully wide range of skin tones and that we are all connected to each other. The structure is a plain/tabby weave with a 2/2 twill box in the cent

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