Learn to Weave in a Weekend Results

29 06 2008

As I try to learn WordPress, I am humbled by my own naivete. I have uploaded the pictures from the Learn to Weave in a Weekend class to my Flickr account (maidensweaver), and have done the administrative stuff for flickr to share them, but am to brain tired to figure out the rest tonight.
I’ll upload a few pics here, and my impression at the end of the class….just for you. Then, if you want to see the rest of the pics, you can check out flickr, until I rest, and educate myself.
We began Friday night with 2.5 hours of class. The students received a vocab list, a syllabus and a tour of the building. We talked about each student’s expectations for the class, and their goals regarding weaving in general. One lady owns a loom.
Once I knew their needs, I could determine my role in this. We planned their projects, determining epi, warp length, etc and made a guide string. The lady with a loom has a warping board, so she learned on our board, instead of using the warping mills. Then we tied the warp with choke ties, and ties that preserve the cross, inserted lea sticks, and ties the lea sticks to the loom. That ended Friday for most of us. One student began winding on, and she threaded the heddles completely on Friday night.
Saturday, we had 6 hours, so those who weren’t threading heddles began. So on Sat, we threaded heddles, and sleyed the reed until about 2 pm, then we began weaving.
The students wove, under my supervision until 4pm, and then the days class was over, and I had to leave. They used the remaining hour that the art center was open for open studio time.
Sunday, they finished weaving off their pieces, and some hem-stitched, others ties fringes, etc.
One student made a 8″ change in her weaving right in the center. That meant that as she approached the end of her weaving she came up short. Not wanting to disappoint, I attempted to help her get min. waste by extending the back apron rod so it came to within an inch of the heddles, and we removed her reed from the beater. Well, it worked. We had to have another student lifting and really pushing down certain harnesses, but the student was able to achieve a balance of the symmetery of her piece. I learned there is such a thing as zero-waste weaving!
You will see this in the flickr photos.
Here you will see a tapestry wall hanging in rag and yarn, a tapestry rag rug, and 2 basic, plain weave rag rugs. I enjoyed these students. They were very focused and positive to work with.
Thanks for a fun weekend.




2 responses

30 06 2008

You’re getting there! I really like the format and the header picture of the loom. I couldn’t get mine to put a big picture up there.

2 07 2008

OY! I understand completely about switching blog formats. I started my first weaving blog in 2005 on blogger — then it was hijacked and turned into Chinese and had ads stuck all over it. So went offline last year — and jumped back on this year with WordPress on my personal website. However, the version that my server supports is an older version of WP so I have to keep a mirror site over on the WordPress servers — argh. 🙂 I do love it compared to blogspot, though.

Just like weaving, as you already know, WordPress just requires practice. You’re doing great.

Loved looking at your students’ work. It so great to see new weavers!

Weave on!
Jane <— whose real blog can be found at http://www.rockartifacts.com/shuttlepilot

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