Minnesota Makers: Nathalie Carrigan of Wool + Timber

This local maker’s colorful tapestries can be seen across the city—and even on TV
Photo by Tiger Lily Photography

Nathalie Carrigan is one of those makers who loves the process as much as the finished product. As a trained photographer and letterpress designer, she made her first wall tapestry only three years ago, yet today her work can be found in homes across the country and even on HGTV’s Stay or Sell.

Her process is detailed and fascinating: Each tapestry begins in the wood shop where Carrigan uses locally sourced, live edge wood. She cuts, planes, sands, stains, and seals the wood; hand-dyes an alpaca and wool blend of yarn, then affixes each strand to a wood plank—one piece at a time. After the strands are placed, Carrigan hangs each tapestry for trimming and final details.

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