Cabell County
Textile Design & Artistry

Jane Gilchrist

With each piece of handwoven textile that I create, I feel a connection to the people and the places from which I come. Each handwoven piece created by my hands has a story to tell, to share. My craft is rooted in the traditional style of Appalachia, but I love to explore and bring forth the old in a new way.


I was born and raised in Ohio, but moved home to West Virginia in 2005. My roots are buried deep in this mountain soil, and I am the 10th generation to call this soil home. I am a weaver, a spinner, and a heritage and cultural educator. My passion is sharing this art form with future generations through fairs, festivals, and demonstrations as well as at Heritage Farm Museum & Village in Huntington, West Virginia. My work has appeared in juried shows across the region including at the 2015 Best of West Virginia Show at Tamarack, and I am a juried member of Tamarack.

I have a Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fairmont State University, where I also received a Masters in Education.  Through this course of study, I developed a well rounded knowledge of West Virginia and the Appalachian culture which is such a crucial part of my craft.