Weaving lessons available in Goochland, Schuyler, VA and Buckeye, WV (near Cass).

13 10 2012

I’m now set up with looms and spinning wheels in 3 locations to teach. If you are interested in learning to weave or spin, scribble out an e-mail and let’s get something booked. Lessons are $50/hr. Count on 2 hours for the first lesson. If you are working on a rigid heddle loom, that might be the full session you need. If you are on a floor loom, it’s a more time-consuming process. Spinners should count on a series of 4 one hour lessons and homework in between. Things you might want to bear in mind as you consider classes:

1. The process is the same whether you do a bookmark or a blanket, so start out with a bookmark, because what you really need to learn first is how to dress the loom. A bookmark might take you 1.5 hours to set up, where a blanket might take you 15 hours of instructional time. That’s a $ difference of about $675.00! I know it’s difficult to shell out $100 to weave a bookmark, but you aren’t paying for the bookmark, you are paying for Knowledge and help in becoming a weaver. It’s an investment in your future as a weaver/craftsman/woman.

2. To begin with, inexpensive yarns, like RedHeart are great to learn on. Move on to finer yarns as your skills improve.

3. If you book a lesson, show up for it on time.

4. Your best improvement will come from practice, so plan on doing homework. 

Hope to hear from you soon! maidensweaver at earthlink dot net

It’s done and delivered!

13 10 2012

The chiengora commission was delivered yesterday. Here is how the final piece looked: 

I wish I could upload a tactile file, so you could feel it! Very soft. And the client who commissioned it picked it up with the fiber donor, Tess. It was Tess’ birthday! Here is Tess and her owner, with the piece made from Tess’ fiber:

She is a precious, retired therapy dog who was rescued rom a puppy mill. As a breeder in a puppy mill, Tess was not allowed out of her cage, but rather, treated like a production machine to pop out puppies and nurse them. She is very lucky to have been rescued. To the right of Tess, is her brother, Toby. One day, I look forward to spinning/weaving Toby also, as his owner posesses his puppy fur! I’ve enjoyed my connection to this family, as with all the chiengora families I’ve met.

Completing a commission

8 10 2012

Today, I’ll remove the current chiengora commission. It’s both hand-spun and hand-woven. It’s been a joy to work with, and now, I begin the grieving process that accompanies the releasing of each of my more time consuming and personal pieces. It’s tough. It will be delivered on Friday.

How long has it been?

2 10 2012

Progress has been slow as I work toward getting back into the work mode. All that begins to change, though, with not one, but 2 studios getting set up for me. I’m pushing hard, to fill a commission that was due yesterday! Yikes. It’s both hand-spun and hand-woven. I’ll try to get some pictures of the studios and the work posted here soon.

The new studios are in Schuyler, Va and Buckeye, WV.  I visited one of my former places of employment today. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. My, how it’s changed. There is an interesting fiber arts/woven exhibit on display. Transparancies. not complex in their structure, but extremely large and almost photo-like in their appearance. The techniques used: painted warp and plain weave. Don’t remember the artist’s name.

Would have been nice to visit, but my, how the faces have changed.