Summer and Winter again

30 03 2009

Well, the summer and winter warp is finished and off the loom.  Now the 45″ nilus is available for a student.

Here is a picture of the s&w right off the loom.  I like it better than the red, yellow and blue piece. It would make a very nice bordered skirt, don’t you think?


Youtube video of the Stillman studio

30 03 2009

Hi! just touching base to tell you there are now 11 looms in the Stillman studio.  Is it crowded? No.

And just to prove it, There’s  a video on youtube to show you how nice it looks. Check it out:

The video was shot on my still camera, so it’s not as clear as my videos usually are, so here are some stills of the studio NOW.

Gordon Lightfoot in Richmond!!!!!

25 03 2009

Somebody has got to go to this with me.  Do any of my friends like Gordon?  Tickets are around $50.00 in the pit.  Contact me and let’s go together, OK?

On the looms in the fiber “playhouse”

24 03 2009

We got 2 new weavers in the studio today.  The weekday class is a big success.  Here are pictures of Alice’s black and silver pinwheel (check out her very cool knit and fulled weaving shoes), Amy’s blue and white “Lee’s Surrender”,  more of my summer and winter in lovely spring colors and Susan’s beautiful mohair shawl.

Learn to Weave in a Week!

23 03 2009

I’ve noticed online, that people are beginning to plan their summer adventures.  So, I thought I would go ahead and post some information about the Summer Weaving classes in the studio.  I do have a couple of one week weaving classes.  The first one begins June 7 (Sunday afternoon), and we weave through Friday afternoon, quitting at 6 pm.   The next weaving immersion (week-long class) begins August 9, and again ends on Friday at 6 pm.  These classes provide 30-40 hours of instruction, and 20 hours of open studio time.

So, what will be covered in these immersions, that’s up to you.  If you are a beginner, I will teach you to plan a project, measure your warp, dress your loom from back to front, and probably front to back. You will learn to weave a single shuttle weave with 4 harnesses, and to remove your work from the loom.  You should be able to go through the threading of the loom twice in a week, and I will teach you to read a draft, and if you get far enough along, to weave a 2 shuttle weave. Bear in mind that students progress at different rates, and I will take you along at your own pace.

If you are intermediate, I will plan your class with you, before you come to the studio so that the class is customized to your own needs.  Whether you are interested in reading drafts, tie-up, multiple-shuttle weaving, complex weaving, overshot, or some other specific weave structure, we simple decide in advance what your current level of experience is, and where you would like to proceed from there.

With 20 years weaving experience, and 15 years teaching experience, it’s easy to tailor the class to the various individuals in it.  If you don’t have these dates available, I also have a Learn to Weave in a Weekend class, and have several weeks available for personal development that I will open up for workshops of groups of friends (you put the class together).

Hope to see you in class.


Additional Summer and Winter photos

21 03 2009

As promised, here are the pictures of the S&W after wauking……agressive wetfinishing.  In case I have failed to mention it before, I’ve used this HD tweed before, and after wauking, it feels like chenille to me.  It has a very soft hand.


Lovely Summer and Winter

21 03 2009


Here are some picture of the Summer and Winter I’m doing in the studio.  The yellow,red and blue piece (yech) is my original sample.  hate the colors. AFter doing the original sample, I ordered additional colors, and the lovely plum, green and yellow piece is what I decided on.  It’s a yellow shetland warp, block A is green, with a lavender tabby, and Block B is the plum with the yellow as a tabby.  The pattern blocks are HD tweed.

I love the piece I’m working on now.  later, I’ll post pics of the original sample after wetfinishing and wauking.

Rigid heddle workshop and pics of work for the show

17 03 2009

Here are a few pics of the Rigid heddle workshop from Mon.  We are going to finish the workshop up tomorrow.

Also included are pictures that I included with the contract for the show this fall.  I love the textures, and colors.

We currently have 2-3 new students in the studio, and have one waiting.  We are adding a Wed. morning weaving class also.



16 03 2009

Now that the residencies are done, life is quieter.  Life is not so rushed, and the sewing classes have tapered off for a few weeks.  Today, is the first day of a 2 day rigid heddle workshop. We will work 6 hours today, and the students will take their looms home and work on their weaving, then we will return on Wed and finish the workshop.  Hopefully, they will be ready to remove their project from the loom, and we will re-dress the loom.  It’s so helpful to go through the process as many times as possible in a brief period of time.

The contract is due today on my solo exhibit in Sept.  It should be accompanied by 10 pics.  This is nerve wracking.  IDK if the package will be ready.

The studio is busy. We have several new weaving students. On the looms is 8 harness pinwheel, summer and winter, plain weave, and rag placemats and runners.  One student is working on a mohair shawl out of custom dyed mohair.

Pics later.


4 harness huck in the studio

14 03 2009

April in the studio brings our 4 harness huck lesson.  I recommend linen for huck. Please use nice fine linen, instead of rug warp.  Huck is generally used for towels and table linens, and the rug linen is very coarse for that.   Webs may have linen, Halcyon may have it.  Louet has beautiful, fine linen.  Blomqist in Sweden has it, and Borgs Klippan has it.  Borgs and Blomqist may be merged……

I’ll try to have the lesson, and a draft ready within the week.