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About Judith Shangold


Hello and welcome to my site. I've been in the yarn business for 40 years. I started out as a weaver, and in 1975, I opened a shop in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, N.Y. called The Weaver's Studio. Knitting quickly became a part of the business and I started designing for the leading magazines of the time - Vogue Knitting, McCall's Needlework, Family Circle and Women's Day.


After 10 years in retail, I moved to Boston and became the New England sales rep for several yarn companies. Trying to combine volunteer work and business, I developed the concept of A Bear in Sheep's Clothing. I published some booklets with sweater designs to knit for Boyds bears, sold the bare bears, and invited knitters to donate garments. Dressed bears were sold at craft shows and all of the proceeds were donated to charity. I also started to design patterns under the name Designs by Judith that are basic designs in multiple gauges.


In 1999, I bought the distributorship for Manos del Uruguay yarn, a product I had loved since I owned my yarn shop. It was a great pleasure developing a relationship with the women's cooperative that produces this yarn and designing patterns for it. These designs comprise the Design Source Collections for sweaters and home decor.


In 2007 I sold the distributorship to Fairmount Fibers and embarked on the next chapter of my life. I've come full circle to my first fiber love of weaving. I am weaving mostly on a rigid heddle loom and am interested in introducing people to this simple, low tech craft. My book Weave • Knit • Wear, sImply fabulous garments & accessories for rigid-heddle (and other) weavers (XRX books) came out in September 2014. It features 30 stylish designs that require little cutting and sewing. Some include knitted elements, such as sleeves, collars, cuffs, gussets and buttonbands. 

In September, 2017, I am moving to Tucson, AZ. I will have an art and weaving studio in my house and I plan to purchase an 8-harness floor loom. I am not sure yet what my focus will be, but I am looking forward to being part of the arts community.



Copyright Judith Shangold 2012