Weaver wins for woven art pieces on loom he built

Barbara Hootman

Local weaver Mikkel Hansen placed second at the N.C. Mountain State Fair for two pieces of woven art that he entered. He learned to weave more than 25 years ago, fascinated with a loom and how it worked.

Entering the state fair competition isn’t new to him. He has placed entries in five of them, winning ribbons in three.

“I’ve won judge’s favorite and second place before,” he said. “I entered an overshot coverlet and runner this year. I probably had 200-plus hours in the coverlet and about 75 hours in the runner. Both pieces won second place in their categories, which netted red ribbons.”

Hansen, a retired architect, got into weaving after he decided to build a loom. he project became an obsession, he said.

“It took about three months in 1980 to build the loom, and in the same year I took lessons to learn to weave,” he said. “The loom is made of pine and maple woods. It was the carpenter-architect part of my mind that became intrigued by the idea of building a loom.”

This year’s winning coverlet is one of Hansen’s favorites. He plans to use it on a bed. The runner may become a wall hanging in his home.

“I enjoy weaving because it is so peaceful and you can easily forget time,” he said. “You become so absorbed in what you are doing that the process becomes great therapy.”

Hansen joined the Western North Carolina Fiber Hand Weaving guild in 1991.