A Richmond native, Reeves was taught to sew at the age of eight by her mother, who came from a family of seamstresses. Reeves received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Ohio Wesleyan University, and the summer after graduating, she went to Berea College to learn weaving and pottery. Reeves then went on to teach school for 32 years.
Reeves always wanted to weave, and her husband purchased an old LeClerc loom for her at auction in 1980. When she discovered that the hand brake on this loom was inoperable, a fellow weaver, Dorrie Hubbard, of Berea, was able to get her loom fixed and working.
Hubbard encouraged Reeves to join the Berea Weavers Guild, and when Reeves did, she realized a spark of creativity. She began to weave colorful scarves from the chenille yarns she had purchased from Churchill Weavers when it closed. She enjoys weaving this fiber because of its glossy sheen and softness, even though her supply is finite.
Works by Sue Reeves are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea, Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Celebrating 10 years in 2013, the center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits include, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” on display through Aug. 24; and “The Founding of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea,” and “Highlights of the First 10 Years,” on display in the lobby through Nov. 17, 2013. For more information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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