no pics yet;0(

31 05 2009

Sorry not to get the pics up. I’m learning to enjoy idle time with my family on the weekends. I never used to take them ‘off’. I’ll try again tomorrow to get the photos loaded. I’m also having a day of reviewing slides for tapestry ideas at the studio tomorrow. That is something I really enjoy. The tapestry cartoons need to be drawn up this week. I’d like to get 9 cartoons done this week.

G’night for now.





Pics upcoming

29 05 2009

I have new pictures, and will add them to this post, as the storm subsides. We are having the most lovely thunder and lightening storm.

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Finally, new photos

22 05 2009

Things are settling down.  Graduation is tomorrow, and my daughter rejected the dress I was making. Thankfully, since this week was so full of drama. I love simplicity.

So the studio is getting

back on track.  Looks like almost everyone is in full swing, either dressing their loom, or weaving something off.  Let’s start with the work on the looms, and near the end, you need to look at my Inca loom by Leclerc.  It’s so cute;0) I’m weaving a small sample piece on it. It’s always a good idea to do that with new looms in the studio before putting students on them.





Busy/tiring day in studio

20 05 2009

It was a busy day.  There was drama in the bldg today, and it insinuated itself into the studio throughout the morning.  A young person came to work in the studio in exchange for some lessons. The work I had intended to get done today didn’t.

We had a new student in the Wed. night class tonight. She’s very good. Her pace was excellent, her color choices are in sync with my own, and she seems like she’s going to be very pleasant to be in the studio with.

I got the Inca loom put together today, and got a mini-warp on it to test it. Interesting loom. I’ll let you know what I think. It’s an old Leclerc loom. It has 4 harnesses, and although it’s not a counter balance, it operates off pulleys.  Right now, the shed is just “ok”, but the directions I have aren’t very specific about how to connect the lamms and treadles.  Leclerc does have a very good website, and I’ll be able to find diagrams there.

I’m beat. Tomorrow is pretty much the last day to work on my daughter’s graduation dress. The drama today, and the fact that I spent the day in the hospital with a family member, are really making me wonder if the dress will be finished on time.  Of course, those of you who know me, know that my greatest inspiration is a deadline;0)

I’ll try to get some pictures up tomorrow of Sheila’s warp, Jody’s progress, Charlene’s doubleweave, Jane’s modified twill, Ginger’s lovely warp, Amy’s Amazing Yellow warp, Betsy’s beautiful chenille scarf, Vickey’s almost finished chenille scarf, Morette’s rag rug, as well as the Inca.  The studio continues to evolve, and it looks like we will be at capacity again, by June 15.

If you are interested in the June weaving intensive class, please e-mail me and I can answer your questions, or download the registration form to the right (the workshop form) and drop it in the mail with your class payment.  It will be great to have you in class.

My own weaving this week, are the black alpaca/silk scarves for thank you gifts for coaches and advisors, a few simple, el cheapo scarves, and the graduation dress. I’m also trying to get the Toika Tapestry loom dressed.

BFN.

Cherri

Cherri





Filling the larger studio

18 05 2009

Wow, We have been in the new/larger studio 5 weeks already!  We began with 10 looms, and had students on about 8 of them.  Right now, we probably have 8 students, but had a lady come by Wed. and visit.  She is planning on joining us on Wed. nights. I ran into a lady at the grocery store, and she is interested.  She may join with a friend, and when I got home, another lady wants to join an evening class!  It would be great if I could get all 4 of these new folks to take on a new night.  That woud fill the last classroom, and it would make it possible to add another night of weaving, rather than spreading myself too thin (not possible…. in some respects) during the existing class times.

We now have 14 floor looms (actually, one is coming tomorrow).  We have a 45″, 16 harness Macomber, 45″ Leclerc Nilus, 45″ schacht, 45″ Lillstina, 48″ Toika Tapestry, 30″ schacht, 4 24″ Leclerc compact 24’s, a 28″ schacht, a 22″ leclerc, a 30″ leclerc Inca, and a 24″ macomber.  About half of these looms have more than 4 harnesses.  We do also have tabletop tapestry looms, and rigid heddle looms as well as sewing machines and classes.  This studio is really blossoming!  Our June sewing class has begun to fill, and our summer weaving workshops are now gaining registrants.  This is just so much fun.

Today, Ginger and I worked on her Glimakra.  She got her warp measured, and wound on.  She is probably threading heddles as we speak.  I’m looking forward to seeing that old loom weaving away.  She is probably one of the loveliest looms I’ve ever seen, or gotten to , uh I mean, worked on.  Ginger is really working very hard on her weaving and spinning.  Jody is back in the studio, and working on the big Macomber.  She is going to do a couple of rag rugs.  I’m finishing up the gifts, or having a studio assistant come in and finish them, in exchange for some lessons.  I have hired teens in the past to come in during the summer, and work as a studio assistant.  It works out very well.  I may be looking for a studio assistant in late July and August.  I only hire high school students who have woven with me before, and are very interested in learning more, and doing excellent work.

Jane is weaving fabric, Susan is doing something on the big 4 harness loom, Amy is working on a ‘secret project’ that will be salable items! Yay Amy!!!  Betsy has a beautiful warp on, and Vickey is almost finished her scarf.  All is well.





New Workshops posted and space available in the weaving intensive

14 05 2009

Tonight, there are new workshops posted on the teaching schedule page.  All the classes are in June, since I have dates available now that the PA classes have been cancelled.  There is a “Dyeing for your Art” workshop, and a “Sectional Warping” workshop. Both are Saturday workshops.  The sectional warping is only a 3 hour workshop, and the dyeing workshops are divided into 2 hour increments so you can book for just the fiber you are interested in……cotton (cellulose), and protein (wool), or vat dyeing, either with kool aid, or commercial dyes.

In addition to these workshops, I have 1 space still available in the June weaving intensive.  Contact me if you are interested. You have the opportunity to weave 12 hours a day, 5 days a week.  You can use the afternoon/late evening open studio time for working, or take a break from the weaving….whichever suits your needs, but this is a great opportunity.  Whether you are a beginner, or an intermediate weaver.  Won’t you join us?  Check it out on the class description page, and e-mail me.  If you want to focus on a specific weave structure, or area of your weaving, let me know and I will be prepared to assist you in that area.

We are settling into the new space, and I have additional looms arriving next week.  I thought I had a 7′ tapestry loom coming, but that one got away;0)

I’ll try to get more info on the class schedule page, but there is a parent/child sewing class on Saturdays in June,





Whew!

11 05 2009

What a relief!  The move has been made…..Yay!

The Macomber is in place, and ready for it’s first weaver.  The Toika tapestry is already awaiting a warp.  4 boxes are unpacked, and I’m exhausted;0). So, I’m unofficially out of the Roseneath studio.

In case I haven’t mentioned how much I like the new studio,   I LOVE it.! My Orchids LOVE it! I think my students LOVE it!  Ok, now on to the summer class schedule.  I have a class upcoming in June at the Stillman studio, and I have a June class at Touchstone in Farmington, PA.  Let me know if you need to get enrolled.   I’m also working hard to get the graduation dress finished, and getting ready for the show this fall.

I saw Amy Saturday.  She is doing well.

Cherri