Michael Bradley Wigle, 47, textile designer, craftsman

October 17, 2003

Michael Bradley Wigle, a textile designer and craftsman who owned and operated a shop in Frederick County, died of cancer Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 47 and lived in Middletown.

Mr. Wigle was born and raised in Gaithersburg and, after graduating from high school, he studied with a master weaver. In 1980, he opened The Fiber Connection in Keymar, selling jackets, sweaters and women's apparel.

He later moved the business -- which featured his designer clothing and woven fabrics -- to Gettysburg, Pa., and finally to Middletown in Frederick County.

"He spent many years on the craft show circuit and was renowned for his innovative styles of sweaters and jackets with applied leather, fabrics and buttons. He was a consummate craftsman," said a brother, Gregory C.A. Wigle of Frederick.

In the 1990s, Mr. Wigle expanded his repertoire when he began making custom curtains and soft furnishings such as pillows and table covers for the Rhosymedre Design Group in Washington.

"His delicately hand-made curtains hang in homes all over the country. His attention to detail and design made him much sought-after in the design community," the brother said.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church in Frederick.

In addition to his brother, Mr. Wigle is survived by a daughter, Tenni E. Wigle of Keymar; his mother, Daryl K. Wigle of Hagerstown; and another brother, Jeffrey S. Wigle of Gaithersburg. His marriage to the former Theresa Brown ended in divorce.

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