Made in STL: Metro Weaving
Throwing a shuttle back and forth across a 45-inch loom, Katherine Ladendorf creates one-of-a-kind fabrics for her shop, Metro Weaving. She focuses on the materials and textures with the intent to elevate the quality of her handmade products: everyday necessities like towels and her splurge-worthy scarves and table-runners.
Ladendorf was enamored by weaving at the age of 5, when she watched women weaving and singing during a visit to Malta. She began weaving potholders on a small, handheld loom as a child, but it wasn’t until years later that Ladendorf acquired her own loom and, with the guidance of a book, taught herself how to weave. Fifteen years on, she uses that same loom to produce well-crafted goods for Metro Weaving. “It’s the fabric that interests me: the product rather than the process,” Ladendorf says. “It’s really satisfying to make beautiful cloth that feels good.”
A slew of colors, from subdued shades to bright hues, make up the varied patterns
on the collections of towels, scarves and fabrics in the Metro Weaving shop. The textiles Ladendorf creates pull elements from classic menswear patterns like pinstripe and herringbone. Repetitive designs like fish scales are subtly woven into the patterns as well. Because the longevity of products is a focus of Ladendorf, the bulk of Metro Weaving’s handmade fabrics incorporate durable cotton: Her towels, for example, will dry dishes for years to come.