Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher learns about Inkle weaving at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea

Press Release Date:  Saturday, June 11, 2005  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
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BEREA, Ky. – On Saturday, June 11, Governor and Mrs. Fletcher and their family were among the over 950 visitors who stopped by to visit the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and watched as fiber artisan Joyce Cooper of Berea, demonstrated the art of Inkle weaving. Joyce’s weaving demonstration was part of the ongoing series of artisan demonstrations from 10:30 to 3:30 each Friday and Saturday at the Center.
Joyce creates woven bookmarks using an Inkle loom – a tabletop wooden loom used to weave strips or bands of warp-faced cloth or ribbon. The Inkle loom Joyce uses was made by her husband Gerald Cooer of Berea, an accomplished woodworker. Inkle looms are great for start-up weaving programs because they require little additional equipment, are easy to use and understand, and are easily stored. It has one open side for ease in placing the warp threads and a tension bar which adjusts the tension of the warp threads during weaving.

While at the Center Governor Fletcher and his family enjoyed viewing items by the over 620 artisans whose works are on display and for sale. The Kentucky Artisan Center is located just off Interstate 75 at exit 77 (Berea). The Center’s exhibits, shopping, and travel information areas are all open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the café from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Center currently features works by more than 620 artisans from all across the Commonwealth. For more information call 859-985-5448 or visit the Center’s web site at 

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Commerce Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Governor Fletcher watches as Joyce Cooper demonstrates the art of Inkle weaving.
Governor Fletcher watches Joyce Cooper demonstrate the art of Inkle weaving.