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Wade Ridge, Cathy — Designs by Cathy Wade

Prospect, KY


wearables from recycled cashmere

Cashmere is where Designs by Cathy Wade all started. Cathy began collecting cashmere sweaters in college in the 1980s. She had always sewn and loved recycling, and in 2009 decided to turn these interests into a full time career.


She started with her own collection of cashmere sweaters from her college days. She began by cutting many little circles and then stitching and gathering them to turn them into blossoms. The blossoms became headbands, wristlets and brooches. Soon she was cutting patterns into squares and rectangles to make scarves, and other items. She even recycled the turtlenecks and cuffs, turning them into ear toasters and fringed skirts.


Cathy enjoys the hunt for cashmere sweaters. Because she is using this recycled wool, each of her wearable pieces is unique.


Cathy Wade’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.