So... here goes with some bits and pieces of life as I know it.
First, the John C. Campbell Folk School class that I taught last week + weekend was just wonderful. Seven students were with me in the class and all brought her own special personality to the mix of the week. We "meshed" well, as one of the students put it. My focus for the class was to introduce a few techniques beyond the meet and separate basics that I usually cover. I advertised the class as sort of "doodling" with the techniques to see how the methods might work in planned ways in the future. I'd asked that all of the students who came to the class know how to warp their looms and to have woven a bit of tapestry. As it turned out, all the class participants have had sessions with me in the past, either at JCFS or elsewhere. So they knew what to expect from me and I did from them, as well.
On the first morning, everyone warped their looms and were ready to begin weaving by the afternoon. On each of the next days of the week, I introduced a different technique, beginning with good old pick and pick. Eccentric weft followed on Tuesday, then soumak on Wednesday, twining on Thursday. On Friday I included several options: weft chaining, rya, and clasped wefts. Because this class was a week + weekend class, that meant we had a full other day (Saturday) for working. We ended the class on Sunday morning with the show & tell of all students in the Keith House at 11:30.
Here are just a few photos from the many I took during the week. They were so willing to jump in and try anything I suggested and that made the class exciting for everyone, in my opinion.
|We began each morning with a "field trip" around the room to see each person's progress from the day before.|
|The daily morning walk-around gave us time to share ideas.|
|Overview of the room with a few folks at work|
|Phyllis's loom with previously planned cartoon and weaving underway.|
|Wonderful textures in Mary K's second piece.|
|Lots of eccentric weft, twining, and vertical soumak going on in Nancy's second piece.|
|Joann had a great idea for splitting off the size of the weft in vertical twining to make thinner lines in the tree branches.|
|Mary W's color sense is just beautiful... this is her second piece of the week.|
|Kirsten responded to the journey of the tapestry sampler and it turned into a story of time and space and place, or so it seemed to some of us.|
|Sidsel worked in tiny threads, blending beautiful blues for ocean and sky.|