Sarah Noggle

Sarah Noggle
Natural fiber weaving, household utility items
October hours:
daily 10–5; closed Tue & Thur

3113 Clay Lick Road, Nashville

Sarah Noggle came to weaving through many other forms of textile and fiber art.

“A neighbor lady taught me embroidery,” Sarah explains.  “Mom and both grandmothers worked with me on knitting and crochet.”

She started spinning yarn on the spinning wheel used by her fifth-great grandmother.

Her exposure to weaving came early as well. “My nose was at the height of the front beam of Grandma Percival’s [a well-known Brown County weaver] loom when I took notice of what she was doing. She made sparkly stuff and navy-blue wool things.”

Sarah spent years making very practical, usable household good, including kitchen towels and rugs.

Today, while occasionally still making these household goods, she specializes in handwoven tapes, which are woven onto new and found footstools and chair seats.

“In a lot of what I do, I use mill ends,” Sarah says to explain what makes her work unique. Since she often can’t get these materials again, these pieces are hard to duplicate.

“I hand dye many of the warps I use in my weaving,” she adds.

On a typical work day, Sarah walks in the woods near her home with her dog Wylie.  After she is inspired by the colors in nature, she returns to the studio, winds a warp and weaves.

She finds plenty of good reasons to live and work in Brown County.

“The trees, the birds, the wind in the trees, the walks,” she explains, “it goes on and on.”

Sarah is also inspired by graphic design and vintage textiles, which she works with on a regular basis.

“To today, I work as a textile conservator,” she says.

She keeps ancient textiles – as old as the1600s – and more modern works in fiber in good repair.

“This way, they can be enjoyed in the future,” Sarah adds.