Textiles & Tea

April 18, 2023  |  Brenda Osborn

Brenda Osborn has been weaving for more than 45 years since she took a college semester class in 1976. In the late 1990s, she turned her attention to tapestry weaving, and shortly afterward she joined the Wednesday Group, whose members were devoted tapestry weavers, led by Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei. Brenda collaborated with Archie Brennan over the course of more than a decade to document his life and work in a book that was released in 2022 by Schiffer Publishing. In the 1990s Brenda began to make kumihimo on both the marudai and takadai, under the tutelage of Rodrick Owen. Her current tapestry work combines traditional Gobelins tapestry techniques with kumihimo. Brenda has participated in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and in northern Europe and has received numerous awards. Brenda has taught weaving and given programs to guilds in the New York/New Jersey area and southern New England, and she has taught ongoing classes at local fine craft schools in Connecticut.  She has maintained a blog about fiber arts for more than a decade.