Thursday, March 28, 2013


Just got word a few minutes ago that the towels I submitted to Handwoven have been accepted for the May/June issue.

It's always nice when that happens - a lovely affirmation that I am doing work that other people like and enjoy.  :)

The above photo isn't exactly what they look like, but is a close cousin.  I built on this design to create the design for the towels I submitted.  (For anyone in my classes in Jan/Feb, I had siblings and closer cousins for show and tell.)

I still don't have all the details, but enough information to share the fact that I am now associated with the Olds College fibre program, specifically the Master Weaver classes.

Today I got the Competency Profiles which I need to go over carefully to find out what areas of weaving I need to brush up on.

Weaving is a huge pool of knowledge and no one can be a true 'expert' at every facet of it.  But one person can become very good in several areas and have a working knowledge of the rest.

My field of specialty (or perhaps I could claim 'specialities' by this point) is mostly in the making of 'balanced' cloth - not so much weft faced or warp faced, not so much the compound cloths such as lampas and double/triple/quadruple layers.  But I have done some of almost all of those at some point.  If I'm going to be an effective teacher, I need to re-visit some of the weave structures I have dipped into but not explored in particular depth.

In some ways it feels like I am starting all over again, not as a student, but in terms of refreshing my foundation of knowledge.

And I find that terribly exciting!

As I find out more, I will share.


Rhonda from Baddeck said...

Congratulations - times two! I look forward to seeing your article and towels in Handwoven. And Olds College looks like a really interesting school. Lots of practical, hands-on learning. Besides having to refresh yourself on these different techniques, you get to spread your knowledge to an even wider audience. Well done!

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barbara said...

Well done Laura - congratulations. You will be a great addition to the faculty at Olds College!!!! Keep us posted. Weaverly yours .......

Sandra Rude said...

Congratulations, indeed! A wonderful new and exciting chapter begins.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations, Laura! Looking forward to seeing the issue of Handwoven with your towels!

DebbieB said...

Laura, this is fantastic news! I'm so pleased for you. Eager to hear details.

Congrats also on the Handwoven submission acceptance. I just read this morning the "Weaving Today" newsletter with your article on wet-finishing. Very nice.