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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Confronting Chaos

Between the unpacking from Olds Fibre Week, the pending move out of the annex, the Reno/repairs to the house AND writing The Book, this is the current state of the studio.  

I guess I ought not complain as there is still a goat trail through?

The AVL is empty with a 100 yard warp scheduled for next, there are scarf warps wound for the small loom, edits to finish, text to be written, projects designed and tested, fringe twisting elf to be trained - for whenever I get the new line woven.  

There are craft fairs to be prepared for, teaching trips to be organized, and my mothers 90th birthday 'party' to be dealt with.  Since I am, in fact, out of town on the date, it will have to be a moveable feast.  I hope the family doesn't mind.  :-/

There is also wet finishing and pressing to be done, at some point and we won't discuss the hemming I didn't do while I was away.  

It is at times like this that I have to remember that this IS the life I chose...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Under the Gazebo

Olds Master Weaving Level One class (2016).

If we are looking a little frayed (or a little Fry'd), there is a reason!

Thanks for the photo Jean.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summing Up

How to sum up an extraordinary experience?   Do I talk about the campus, with its gardens?   The merchant mall?  (Yes, I exercised my plastic.). The fellow teachers?  Getting to know two of the spinning teachers?   Getting to know the other weaving teachers better?  Do I wax eloquent about the supportive and friendly staff?  The delightful presentation on the history of Cowichan sweaters?

No. Although there was all of that - and more. 

For it was/is the students, always the students, who truly make this week worth the 10-11 hour drive.  The van load full of much of my studio.  Connecting with the 'next' generation of weavers who are passionate about learning the nitty-gritty behind the craft.  Willing to risk 'failure' in pursuit of knowledge.  Diving into the complexity of what goes into making cloth, cloth suitable for its purpose, understanding that there are no definitive answers, that all depends, that there are many highways and byways to the destination.  That it is truly a journey.  A voyage of never ending discovery.  And that just when you think you know 'all' there is to know, you realize the goal posts just got moved.  Again!

And ultimately?  Those moving goal posts are not a frustration, but a challenge to be met.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In Progress

Today we ran out of the value gamp warp because instead of wimping out and not doing both plain and twill gamps, this enthusiastic bunch, did!   Since I had plenty more yarn, another warp was wound and the loom dressed this afternoon.  Since I was dressing the loom again with the valet, I invited the other classes to observe.  Much picture taking ensued, so I suspect there will be some cutting and drilling happening once some people get home.  

Tomorrow some wet finishing will be happening and then much mulling, thinking, analyzing will follow. 

I cannot give someone else my experience, but I can assist others to obtain their own and help with the analyzing.  I can also cheerlead, commiserate when things go wrong, assist with problem solving.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

The View From Here

Dusk is coming a bit early because the clouds are gathering.  No view of the full moon tonight.  

Day Two is officially over and progress is happening.  By 8 pm, six people had woven their value gamp and several were nearing the end of their first warp.  The class is information heavy and each person comes with their unique experiences.  Some have encountered parts of the info previously, some are less experienced.  It is a bit of a tap dance to make sure that those who need more attention get it without ignoring the others who appear to be steaming along independently.  

Tomorrow is Hump Day.  Another day filled with lectures and more learning exercises.  I don't doubt people are getting tired, so it will become more difficult to absorb even more.   But there are also glimmers of understanding, some of the in class pre-sample samples are very good, which looks very encouraging that people will be able to produce excellent work at home, away from the noise and distraction of class.  Makes my little heart go pit-a-pat!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Embarrassment of Riches

This is just some of the yarn I am trying to use up.  

So far I have woven a few warps of two scarves each, and wound six more.  And I haven't even scratched the surface because there are many more boxes of yarn still in storage...this was just an effort to design a scarf line and begin weaving it.  

The van is loaded with much of my studio tools so I decided to not do any weaving today.  Instead I have been trying to think what else I might have forgotten.  And so far remembered a couple of critical things!   Like the class manual with my notes and sheets for marking class exercises!  Oops...that would have been bad.  

The rain has stopped...for now.  So glad my route is east, not north as that highway is closed due to washouts.  Fingers crossed the rain has truly stopped.  

Still a few more personal items to pack, but I am nearly ready.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Making Choices

Now that I have decided on a quality of cloth, it is time to start building a 'line' of scarves. 

There are three other variegated colour ways of the Skinny Majesty so my line will be built around those colours.  To that end, each two scarf warp will have the variegated yarn along with a different solid Bambu 7.  Each warp will be woven with two different wefts so I wind up with no two scarves identical.  

I started warp 2 today but am running out of time so I will wind another warp for when I get home.  The year is slipping through my fingers far too quickly and I am feeling the pressure to get this new design woven so that the scarves can go to a fringe twisting elf.