Thursday, January 26, 2012

Demystifying the Floor Loom

My first mini-workshop, Demystifying the Floor Loom, was a success.
Using my rainbow dyed cotton yarn, participants had the opportunity to try their hand at each step from making the warp chain to throwing the shuttle and weaving a piece of cloth discovering how easy and fun weaving can be.
For those who want to learn more, I am available for private lessons and I'll be offering a rigid heddle class in the spring.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Good Year for Fiber Arts!

We're barely into the new year and already it feels like this is going to be a good year for fiber!  2011 was a great year for me after I finally got moved into my new studio.
I added fused glass shawl pins to my offerings and they sold well along with my fringy scarves.

I had tons of fun playing with new ways to dye fabric. You might remember this scarf from my last post. I decided to keep this one for my own.

The small fibercraft group I discovered after moving here last year is growing by leaps and bounds. Now, instead of one, we have two meetings a month-- one morning and one evening to accommodate as many as possible.

I've had many questions from possible wannabe weavers about how this all works and how does one set up a loom to weave. So I designed a workshop called Demystifying the Floor Loom. Hopefully I can demonstrate how easy and fun the process can be and also win over a whole new crop of weavers.

And then there's spinning and felting and dyeing and knitting and crocheting. All these are fiber related crafts and I'm hoping this group inspires me to learn new stuff in some or all of these areas as well. I'm just not sure there are enough hours in the day or months in the year to accomplish everything I want to do.