Since 2003, Sutherland has produced unique handwoven textiles for the home and table that blend timeless design and modern elegance. Drawing from personal experience and the finest materials, creator Barb Butler infuses traditional pieces such as tea towels and aprons with crisp, clean, and contemporary looks.
Often people ask how Barb came up with the name Sutherland. Sutherland is a large clan from Northern Scotland -- the name belongs to many of Barb’s family members. Not only does she love the name, but Barb feels certain that someone in her family must have been a weaver.
Years ago, Barb Butler was an oncology nurse. After retiring in 2002, she happened upon Deborah Chandler’s beginning weaving class and gifted it to herself for her birthday. The class began an insatiable thirst for all things textile. So now Barb weaves, day and night. She loves weaving with fine threads, primarily linen and silk. Color and pattern are crucial to Sutherland. Barb tries to integrate both in her linens for a crisp, clean, and contemporary look.
These days, Barb is primarily a wholesale production weaver, but she works on commissions throughout the year. From yardage for clothing to heirloom linens, Barb loves to collaborate with customers to find just what they want.
In addition to being a weaver, Barb is a wife, mother, fabulous cook, sports lover (go Tigers!) and a generally wonderfully happy person. And you might be too, if you had a taste of her blueberry pie.