Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Home again, home again!

Jiggety Jig!

I am back from North Caroline twice now since my last blog post. The photo above is the gap heading east towards Franklin, NC - it's always a beautiful view, but sometimes you get extra fog for high drama.

It's been really busy, and I will never schedule two Folk School classes 5 weeks apart again, I promise. My next classes there will be a Traditional Knitting Sampler in March 2010 and then Acadian Weaving in October 2010. A much better schedule!

So, we had a week of 18th century Household Textiles at the Campbell Folk School. It was a rather stressful class for the two instructors as you can see from our collapsed state in the photo below - Norman is actually smiling, believe it or not!

We really challenged these students - there were 12 different warps and they were all good sized warps. They all worked very hard and wove some lovely samples, as you can see.

Then, in February I taught a Saturday warping class in Berryville, and then a weekend of 18th c. Household Textiles for the Blue Ridge Spinners & Weavers Guild.

Why the long face? I was rethreading the drall warp - I had failed to give this student a vital detail about the threading sequence. Mea culpa, so I fixed it myself.

And then the first week of March a week of Modular Knitting at the Folk School - my lovely class, and their modules of knitting:

We made triangles on Monday, mitered squares on Tuesday, log cabin squares on Wednesday, bubble wrap on Thursday and entrelac on Friday. It was a full week, and to top it off I came down with a stomach flu on Monday night. But I sat as far away from my class as possible and they sent me off for lots of naps. We persevered and flourished.

But, boy oh boy am I glad to be home. My Acadian Weaving class scheduled for Webs at the end of March had to be cancelled - no students! But I may teach that one in Charlottesville sometime in the next few months. And that gives me more time to prepare my booth and contents for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

OK - gotta go buy a fish and go home to cook it for our supper.

We all need art!

I just have to share this video with everyone I know.



p.s. Can someone tell me how to drop a YouTube video in as an instant player?