Thursday, November 12, 2009
I got some homegrown and homespun yarn from Mary & Bubba at the Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago. Bottom is sheep, top is a Llama/Sheep blend.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I also gave Ulrike and Dieter a tour of the Aiken Center for the Arts and our budding weaving studio. I am encouraged by Ulrike's response to what she saw. They also showed me a "popsickle stick" loom that they have had great success with in the GHI kid's weaving program - I can't wait to make my own prototype. All in all, it was a pretty great day.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
- To help promote the new weaving class, I down-sized the Kentucky Mountain Pattern Rug from Rag Rug Weaving Handbook (Meany & Pfaff) and wove it on one of ACA's 8" looms. I'm quite pleased with the outcome. One of the best pieces I've woven to date, and the pattern is fully reversible.
- To keep my stream monitoring certification up to date, I spent 4 hours yesterday with friends counting bugs that live in Hollow Creek. I saw this amazing spider having lunch. Catching the young girls playing (unaware) on a log in the background was sort of surreal and way creepy - straight out of a scifi horror movie. Cue the soundtrack from Psycho. Scree, scree, scree...
- HB & Me saw Julie & Julia at the Saturday Matinee. Really sweet movie with some deeper sub-stories about the importance of setting and achieving goals, becoming one with your muse and blogging faithfully. As one of my favorite George Harrison lyrics says, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." I'm not exactly sure where I'm going, but I'm pretty sure this is the right road.
- I'll be weaving in public this Saturday at ACA during their Arts Alive Festivities from 11 to 2. I need to decide what to work on while I'm there. It will be a great opportunity to catch the attention of a few prospective students for the new class.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I can hardly believe it. I'm going to be teaching a weaving class at the Aiken Center for the Arts!
The ACA staff and I both had a great time this summer introducing weaving to the Summer Art Camp kids. The kids couldn't get enough of it - Can I just do one more, please? We couldn't give them enough of it.
We thought there might also be some adults in the community that would enjoy the opportunity to learn to weave and decided to set up a class. We made our decision too late to get the information published in the latest class schedule, but we'll be distributing a class description something like the following to help get the word out.
Intro to Weaving (#7647)
Have you every thought you might enjoy weaving, but were put off by the initial sticker shock of buying a loom or uncertainty about what kind of loom would be right for you? Take our looms for a test drive and find out if you like weaving enough to take the plunge. You'll learn all the basic information and techniques needed to go from a weaving draft (pattern) to finished fabric. You'll set up one of our 4 harness table looms and weave small projects of your own. We'll go over the various types of looms and which are best suited to your interests and budget.
- No prior knowledge of weaving is required.
- All "learning" supplies are provided (BYO silk/cashmere & hi-end yarns).
- 4 Thursdays, October 1, 8, 22 & 29 (6:30 to 8:30), $90
- Class size is currently limited to 4 students.
We're actively seeking additional (used or donated) 4 harness table (or small floor) looms. If you have a loom or know of one that's collecting dust, please send me an email.
If you have any interest in learning to weave or dusting off dormant weaving inclinations, call the ACA (803-641-9094) and register for Class #7647.
Hope to see you in October.