After a long, quiet winter season spent mostly at home, the spring fiber classes & events have begun!
With my friend Liz, I left for North Carolina on April 11th. We stopped off at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA - more on that in another post - spent a night in Asheville and then visited a weaver in Maggie Valley Sunday morning to look at a Toika Eeva loom I am thinking of buying. This weaver has a basement full of looms, yarn and fleece that makes my stash look - OK, not small but well, now that I think about it we might actually be on fairly equal terms. I'll let you know once I get my fiber stash into the soon-to-be-refurbished barn loft storage location!
I had a wonderful week. It was full of flowers - it seemed as if every time I walked outside there was a new plant flowering. These are two types of Trillium and both the bud and flower of a Pink Lady's Slipper orchid. Can anyone tell me what the name of the last flowering plant is?
We started the week with a big cone of 12/2 cotton yarn (4,200 yards to the pound) and lots of smaller cones of cotton and wool yarns and we finished up the week with five beautiful weaving samplers that included: Catalogne, Boutonnee, Linsey-Woolsey summer skirting with a la planche and twisted weft patterning and a weft faced drugget winter skirting. Each student also wove a small sample on an extra loom of a fabric called Cordonne that has crammed warp and weft at regular intervals.
Here you see my five happy students in the studio on Friday afternoon - thanks for these great photos, Laura!
And here is our class display at the student exhibit on Friday evening, complete with the proud teacher looking dazed but happy!
I will be teaching Acadian Weaving again at the end of May for the Sand Hills Weavers Guild in Southern Pines, NC - their website says that there are still a few places left in this workshop!
Between now and then, I have a day at the Powhatan Festival of Fiber and then the mighty, exhaustive, exhausting Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival - this will be the 25th and last year for my Peace Weavers booth in the Main Exhibit Hall. Then May will bring some family events - a baby shower house party to celebrate our first grandbaby who is due in early July and a trip up into Pennsylvania for my nephew Mike's college graduation.
I have lots of things to show and tell, and I will do my best to keep posting through this busy season.