Back Road Textiles, Worcester, Vermont
Noticing that nature never makes a mistake in putting colors together, Francette came to knitting and her color choices through the landscape. Her fascination with the process of dyeing wool with colors from nature, and the soft colors they produce, began in the 1970s. When she moved to the rural part of Vermont in the 1990s after several years of living in the city, she was free to indulge this passion again. Her handknit seamless sweaters showcase the natural dyes she loves: from black walnut hulls to goldenrod, Black Eyed Susans, purple loosestrife, and red sumac berries. The signature sawtooth design in the yoke of many of Francette’s sweaters was inspired by the sawmill her carpenter husband owns and operates on their property.