Charlotte GowerWoven Scarves, Shawls, Rugs
I grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina as an only child who watched my Grandmother, who lived with us, sew, embroider, crochet and knit. I was drawn to fiber at an early age and especially enjoyed a weaving class as an Art major in college. After graduating and getting married, I spent many hours cross stitching and needle pointing my own designs while rearing two children and working as Interior Design Director for architectural firms.
Several years ago, on a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I became fascinated with crosses. I began to design needle point crosses but strongly felt this was only the beginning of a longer journey in my craft. After my husband retired (the first time), I finally found time to realize my dream of attending the Penland School of Crafts to take a weaving class and later open my own studio in Little Switzerland, North Carolina. I truly feel I am on a journey as part of my life’s plan. I have never felt as at home as I do weaving in the serenity of my studio overlooking the magnificent hills of western North Carolina.
Charlotte Hayworth Gower received her BA in Art and Interior Design from East Carolina University. She has studied at the Penland School of Crafts and has served as a studio assistant to renowned textile artist Suzanne Gernandt.
Charlotte is a member of the Toe River Arts Council, the American Craft Council and the American Needlepoint Guild. She is a past professional Charter Member of the International Interior Design Association and past professional member of the Institute of Business Designers. She is registered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
She and her husband divide their time between Little Switzerland and Charlotte, North Carolina.