Trudie Roberts passed away February 23, 2013. She was born and raised in Minnesota, the second of six children and the only girl. Married to Ed Roberts, Trudie began weaving in 1970 when Ed surprised her with a Christmas gift of what was to be her first loom.

In 1982, she developed her well recognized, and often copied trademark California Rags. Trudie found a way to weave fabric for garments that preserved the printed image of the original cloth, but with a suppleness that made the newly woven material suitable for making garments. Using her California Rags technique, Trudie produced over 3,500 items, many of them featured at the Handweavers Guild of America Convergence Fashion shows. They were also featured for sale in high-end clothing galleries, such as Santa Fe (NM) Weaving Gallery and Julie Artisans' Gallery of Wearable Art in New York. In addition, her work is included in museum collections, such as the Philadelphia Musuem of Art. In recent years, she and her husband collaborated: Ed would create a design on fabric, and Trudie would cut it into strips and reweave new cloth to make a showcase garment.

Even though she was prodigious in her production, it was important that the business was fun for her. Always seeking new fabrics, she found that rather than being bored by the rote of weaving, each new effort presented her with an ever-changing variety of design, color and texture. Still, she found time and had the generosity to share her knowledge through lectures, workshops and teaching at conferences.

Trudie is survived by her husband Ed, daughter Sarah, son Chris and two grandchildren.


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Memorial Scholarship Fund
To honor Trudie's memory, a Trudie Roberts Memorial Fund has been set up through HGA’s Fiber Trust Giving Program. Trudie was a long-time HGA member and a founding member of HGA’s Fiber Trust.

Donations of any amount are appreciated.
Mail to:

          Handweavers Guild of America, Inc.
          Trudie Roberts Memorial Fund
          1255 Buford Highway, Suite 211
          Suwanee, GA 30024

Or call 678-730-0010. Please mention that the donation is in memory of Trudie Roberts.


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