Wow. Every loom is in use at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. My weaving classes are fully booked this summer. Every loom in my own studios are also booked.
Let’s see what I can tell you….. we have 8 looms and I have 8 students this week ranging in age from 7-17. That seems a rather broad age range. The class is advertised as 9-12, but once these young people get a taste of weaving, they generally don’t care about the ages of their classmates. They just want to get back on a loom. I love it! Once I get a chance, I’ll put up pics of these kids doing their work. Today, everyone got their warp measured out. Everyone is doing a rag project, but here is the difference:
The 7 year old is doing a 5 epi rug – – 120 ends
The 10 year olds are doing 6 epi rugs — — 144 ends
The 12 year olds, and/or returnin students are doing 8 epi rugs or 192 epi
The 17 year old is doing 12 epi, and is doing placemats…… 8 of them!
We have a wonderful week ahead of us, and I hope you will check back to see their interpretation of my instructions on how to dress the loom, and their projects in progress, and completed. They often have to sit/stand and work with the looms in various odd juxtapositions to reach everything they need. If you remember, 5 years ago, I had an 8 year old that threaded the heddles squatting. The entire time she threaded 144 ends, she squatted inside the body of the loom! It was a wonderful improvisation to make it work for her. Turns out she is a squatter. I’ve know very few American squatters, but do have a 65 year old friend who squats rather than sitting very often. He is also known to turn himself upside down and stand on his head around the campfire every once in a while also. Life is too good, isn’t it?
More tomorrow – with pictures.